Table of Contents
- 1. Leonardo Leite’s Details
- 2. Leonardo Leite’s Biography
- 2.1. Leonardo Leite’s Early Life
- 2.2. Leonardo Leite and Judo
- 2.3. Transferred to Club de Regatas do Flamengo
- 2.4. Changed Judo Institutes
- 2.5. Lead the Brazilian Judo Team
- 2.6. Started BJJ
- 2.7. Trained Under Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva
- 2.8. Works as a Commentator
- 3. Leonardo Leite’s Pro BJJ Combats
- 3.1. Promoted to Brown Belt
- 3.2. Promoted to Black Belt
- 3.3. Competed in the Mundial
- 3.4. Defeated Ze Mario Sperry in Mundial
- 3.5. Brazilian Nationals Champion
- 4. Leonardo Leite’s MMA Career
- 4.1. Leonardo Leite’s MMA Debut
- 4.2. Legacy Fighting Championship
- 4.3. Bellator MMA
- 4.4. Suffered from TB and a Leg Injury
- 4.5. Returned to MMA for Retirement Bout
- 5. Leonardo Leite’s Historic Fights
- 5.1. Leonardo Leite Vs. Alexander Trans
- 5.2. Leonardo Leite Vs. Patrick Quadros
- 5.3. Leonardo Leite Vs. Ze Mario Sperry
- 6. Leonardo Leite - 5th-Degree BJJ Black Belt
- 7. Leonardo Leite’s BJJ Championships
- 8. Leonardo Leite’s Judo Championships
- 9. Leonardo Leite’s Main Achievements (Gi)
- 10. Leonardo Leite’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown
- 11. Leonardo Leite’s BJJ Fight History
- 12. Leonardo Leite’s MMA Professional Record Breakdown
- 13. Leonardo Leite’s MMA Fight History
- 14. Leonardo Leite’s Top Fights
1. Leonardo Leite’s Details
|Name||Leonardo Gergis F. Leite|
|Born||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Date of Birth||25 March 1978|
|Last Fight||13 May 2022 in Legacy Fighting Alliance|
|Last Weigh In||Light Heavyweight|
|Weight Class||Pesadíssimo (100 Kg/ 221 lbs)|
|Weight||100 Kg/ 221 lbs|
|Career Disclosed Earning||N/A|
|Fighting out of||Brazil|
|Foundational Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Favorite Technique||Knee Slide Guard Pass & Relógio Choke|
|Rank||Fifth Degree Black Belt|
|Awarded by||Alexandre Paiva|
|Head Coach||Alexandre Paiva|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Rolls Gracie -> Romero Cavalcanti -> Alexandre Paiva Leonardo Leite|
|Team Association||Brazilian Top Team/Alliance Jiu-Jitsu|
2. Leonardo Leite’s Biography
Leonardo Leite is a BJJ Black Belt under Alexandre Paiva. He is sometimes called Léo, short form of Leonardo in Portuguese. He is not only a BJJ practitioner but also a Judoka and MMA fighter. He is a representative of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu and has won many medals under Alexandre Paiva.
2.1. Leonardo Leite’s Early Life
Leonardo Leite, also known as Léo, was born on 25 March 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2.2. Leonardo Leite and Judo
Leo had a martial art background which is why he started Judo at a young age. His father used to train in BJJ but he wanted something different for his son. He took his son to the “Federal Club” in 1984. Leonardo trained in Judo under Omar Brazil. Leonardo at a young age watched his father train in Judo so he developed an interest in martial arts which was later evident in his Judo techniques.
Leo competed in the internal tournaments organized by the Federal Club.
2.3. Transferred to Club de Regatas do Flamengo
When Leo turned 10 in 1988, he was transferred to the Club de Regatas do Flamengo. Leo left the Federal Club because it was not able to grant permission to its students so they can partake in national tournaments. After getting transferred to a more significant and professional institute, Leo decided to compete. He participated in the official tournaments and competitions of the Brazilian Judo Confederation and the Judo Federation of Rio de Janeiro.
2.4. Changed Judo Institutes
Leo did not remain consistent in terms of Judo institutes, rather he kept on changing them to find a better one. He moved to AABB in Rio de Janeiro from the Flamengo Club. Later on, he transferred to Gama Filho and then Tijuca Tênis Clube.
2.5. Lead the Brazilian Judo Team
In 1997, Leo became a part of the Brazilian Junior National Team. Later in 1998, Leo got the chance to lead the Brazilian Judo Team. He carried on with the leadership till 2012.
2.6. Started BJJ
In 1993, Leo became fascinated by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His father took him to the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro. It was then that Leo came to know about submissions and instantly fell in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Leo knew about BJJ his whole life, but he was initially interested in Judo. When he developed even a slight interest in BJJ, his father took no time to take him to a BJJ gym.
His father always wanted BJJ for his exceptional child. Leo's interest went to peak for BJJ. he decided to pursue both BJJ and Judo.
2.7. Trained Under Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva
Leonardo got his BJJ training under Alliance Jiu-Jitsu’s head coach, Alexandre Gigi Paiva.
2.8. Works as a Commentator
Leonardo Leite works as a TV commentator for Judo and MMA competitions.
3. Leonardo Leite’s Pro BJJ Combats
3.1. Promoted to Brown Belt
Leo started competing in BJJ when he was a Blue Belt. It was the fast learning pace of Leo that he climbed up to Black Belt really fast. Leo was not only famous in the Judo community but later on, he even got recognition in the BJJ community. As a Brown Belt, Leonardo competed in various BJJ tournaments.
3.2. Promoted to Black Belt
Leonardo was to compete in the Mundial in 1999. He was a Brown Belt at that time. But seeing his determination and BJJ performance, Alexandre Paiva promoted him to Black Belt, just 2 weeks before his huge fight.
3.3. Competed in the Mundial
In 1999, Leo competed in the World Championship (Mundial). It was the first biggest championship for Leonardo. He was tense about this fight. He was of the view that he would be competing as a Brown Belt but when his coach promoted him to Black Belt just 2 weeks before the championship, it was a terrific moment for Leonardo.
He thought he was not ready for the Black Belt but his coach was completely aware of Leonardo’s capabilities.
3.4. Defeated Ze Mario Sperry in Mundial
In the Mundial, Leonardo competed against Ze Mario Sperry of the Brazilian Top Team. Ze Mario was a tough competitor for Leonardo. Ze Mario is a BJJ Black Belt under the legend Carlson Gracie. Leonardo won the championship against Ze Mario and also won a Gold medal.
3.5. Brazilian Nationals Champion
Leonardo won the Brazilian Nationals Championship in 2009. He was competing in Judo at the same time.
4. Leonardo Leite’s MMA Career
4.1. Leonardo Leite’s MMA Debut
Leonardo made his MMA Debut in 2013. Leonardo competed against Alessandro Macedo in the Fight Against Crack MMA event. Leonardo won the fight via Rear Naked Choke. In 2013, he achieved a clean winning streak of 4-0.
4.2. Legacy Fighting Championship
In 2014, Leonardo moved to the United States to compete in the Legacy Fighting Championship. He won 3 consecutive fights in LFC in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions.
In 2015 at the Legacy Fighting Championship 39th event, Leonardo competed against Larry Crowe and defeated him via TKO Punches and Knees.
4.3. Bellator MMA
After the success in Legacy Fighting Championship, Leonardo participated in Bellator. Unfortunately, Leonardo lost the first fight against Phil Davis by a unanimous decision. He had an undefeated record before Bellator.
Leonardo Leite, when he came to Bellator, said:
“If I could go back in time, I would have started MMA four years earlier, right after the Beijing Olympics. I had no idea what could happen. I had never trained no-gi before. It was all new to me. Boxing, and Muay Thai, I had never trained in those things before. After what I saw in my first MMA fight I thought to myself, I think I’m at the right place”.
On 13 July 2018 at Bellator 202, Leonardo competed against Chris Honeycutt and again lost the fight via a unanimous decision.
4.4. Suffered from TB and a Leg Injury
Leonardo Leite suffered from tuberculosis and was off the mats for the whole 4 years. He also suffered from a leg injury because of which he had to stay for a longer period in the hospital.
4.5. Returned to MMA for Retirement Bout
After 4 years i.e, in 2022, Leonardo returned to MMA. He came back for his farewell fight at the Legacy Fighting Championship. He was offered a “Retirement Bout” from the Legacy Fighting Championship. His last fight was with Patrick Quadros. He won the fight via a unanimous decision. He then retired from MMA.
5. Leonardo Leite’s Historic Fights
5.1. Leonardo Leite Vs. Alexander Trans
Alexander Trans is a BJJ Black Belt under Leonardo Vieira. Alexander was way more active than Leonardo at the start of the match. Leonardo was able to take him down easily as he had really strong gi grips. Leonardo tried to submit Alexander but he escaped. In the end, Leonardo won the fight by securing 2 points against Alexander Trans.
|2012||IBJJF World Championship||Alexander Trans||Win||Pts:2x0||Semi Final||Over 100 Kg||Vienna, Austria|
5.2. Leonardo Leite Vs. Patrick Quadros
Patrick Quadros is a Pro MMA fighter. Being a young MMA fighter, Partick was fighting offensively. He was throwing kicks and punches at Leonardo, while Leonardo being a calm fighter, was understanding his fighting style of Patrick. Later on, Leonardo threw punches at Patrick and could not handle that. Patrick became tired in Round 3, where Leonardo easily took him down. At last, Leonardo won the fight via a unanimous decision. It was his farewell bout.
|2022||Legacy Fighting Championship 132||Patrick Quadros||Win||Unanimous Decision||R3||Light Heavyweight||USA|
5.3. Leonardo Leite Vs. Ze Mario Sperry
Jose Mario Sperry, aka Ze Mario Sperry, is a BJJ Black Belt. The fight between Leonardo and Jose was an intense one. It was the time when Leonardo became Black Belt. He was extremely conscious of the fight as he was fighting against Jose. Leg locks by Leonardo kept Jose in a fixed place. It allowed Leonardo to easily apply his techniques. Eventually, Leonardo won the fight by securing 4 points against Jose Mario Sperry.
|1999||IBJJF World Championship (Mundial)||Ze Mario Sperry||Win||Pts: 4x0||Final||100 Kg||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
6. Leonardo Leite - 5th-Degree BJJ Black Belt
After achieving the 4th-degree BJJ Black Belt rank in 2018, Leonardo Leite became the Master 3 Ultra-Heavy Brasileiro Champion as a 5th-degree BJJ Black Belt.
7. Leonardo Leite’s BJJ Championships
- 8 Times Brazilian Champion
- 2 Times World Cup Champion
- Secured 2nd position in Jiu-Jitsu World Championship (6 Times)
- 4 Times World Champion
- Heavyweight South American Champion
8. Leonardo Leite’s Judo Championships
- 3 Times Pan American Champion
- 2nd Position in the Judo World Cup Championship (2 Times)
- 3rd Position in Judo World Cup Champion
- Lead Brazilian Olympic Team 2008-2012
|World Cups / Continental Open||1||3||2|
|National Championships Seniors||1||1||2|
9. Leonardo Leite’s Main Achievements (Gi)
|1999||IBJJF World Championship||Absolute||1st|
|2000||IBJJF World Championship||Absolute||1st|
|2000||CBJJ Brazilian National Championship||Absolute||1st|
|2009||CBJJ Brazilian National Championship||Absolute||1st|
|2003||IBJJF World Championship||Absolute||2nd|
|2006||IBJJF World Championship||Absolute||2nd|
|2008||IBJJF World Championship||Absolute||2nd|
10. Leonardo Leite’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown
|33 Matches||20 Wins||13 Losses|
10.1. Submission W/L Methods
|Submission Method||4 Wins||6 Losses|
|Rear Naked Choke||1||0|
|Choke from Back||0||1|
11. Leonardo Leite’s BJJ Fight History
|1999||IBJJF World Championship||Ze Mario Sperry||W||Pts: 4x0||100 Kg||F|
|2000||IBJJF World Championship||Fernando Margarida||L||Pts: 9x2||ABS||SF|
|2000||IBJJF World Championship||Aurelio Fernandes||W||Points||Over 100 Kg||F|
|2003||IBJJF World Championship||Ronald Bauer||W||Points||Over 100 Kg||R1|
|2003||IBJJF World Championship||Francisco Fernandes||W||N/A||Over 100 Kg||4F|
|2003||IBJJF World Championship||Marcio Corleta||W||Pts: 4x2||Over 100 Kg||SF|
|2003||IBJJF World Championship||Fabricio Werdum||L||Points||Over 100 Kg||F|
|2003||World Cup||Aurelio Fernandes||W||Pts: 2x0||Over 100 Kg||SF|
|2003||World Cup||Fabricio Werdum||W||N/A||Over 100 Kg||F|
|2004||Team Nationals||Marco Vilela||W||Armbar||Over 88 Kg||F|
|2005||World Cup||Adriano Pires||W||Points||Over 100 Kg||SF|
|2005||World Cup||Gabriel Napao||W||Pts: 4x0||Over 100 Kg||F|
|2006||IBJJF World Championship||Mauro Jorge||W||Submission||Over 100 Kg||4F|
|2006||IBJJF World Championship||Lucio Rodrigues||W||Rear Naked Choke||Over 100 Kg||SF|
|2006||IBJJF World Championship||Gabriel Gonzaga||L||Pts: 4x0||Over 100 Kg||F|
|2008||IBJJF World Championship||Asa Fuller||W||Choke||Over 100 Kg||R1|
|2008||IBJJF World Championship||Roger Gracie||L||Cross choke||Over 100 Kg||F|
|2008||Capital Challenge||Charles Cachoeira||L||Points||Over 99 Kg||SF|
|2008||Capital Challenge||Fabricio Werdum||W||Points||Over 99 Kg||3PLC|
|2008||Capital Challenge||Braulio Estima||L||Points||ABS||F|
|2009||Abu Dhabi Combat Club Trials||Leo Chocolate||L||Referee Decision||99 Kg||SF|
|2012||Brasileiro||Thiago Gaia||L||Choke||Over 100 Kg||SF|
|2012||IBJJF World Championship||Unknown||W||N/A||Over 100 Kg||R2|
|2012||IBJJF World Championship||Ricardo Evangelista||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Over 100 Kg||4F|
|2012||IBJJF World Championship||Alexander Trans||W||Pts: 2x0||Over 100 Kg||SF|
|2012||IBJJF World Championship||Marcus Almeida||L||Armbar||Over 100 Kg||F|
|2013||Copa Podio||Rodolfo Vieira||L||Armbar||94 Kg||SPF|
|2013||IBJJF World Championship||Anderson Lima||W||N/A||ABS||RDS|
|2013||IBJJF World Championship||DJ Jackson||W||Points||ABS||RDS|
|2013||IBJJF World Championship||Andre Galvao||W||Referee Decision||ABS||4F|
|2013||IBJJF World Championship||Rodolfo Vieira||L||Armbar||ABS||SF|
|2013||IBJJF World Championship||Joao Rocha||L||Choke from Back||100 Kg||4F|
|2013||Copa Podio||Rodolfo Vieira||L||Pts: 14x2||ABS||SPF|
12. Leonardo Leite’s MMA Professional Record Breakdown
|13 Matches||11 Wins||2 Losses|
13. Leonardo Leite’s MMA Fight History
|13 May, 2022||Legacy Fighting Championship 132||Patrick Quadros||W||Unanimous Decision||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||5:00||3|
|13 July, 2018||Bellator 202||Chris Honeycutt||L||Unanimous Decision||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||5:00||3|
|03 Nov, 2017||Bellator 186||Phil Davis||L||Unanimous Decision||University Park, Pennsylvania, United States||5:00||3|
|04 Nov, 2016||Fight 2 Night 1||Moise Rimbon||W||Majority Decision||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||5:00||3|
|03 Sept, 2016||Iron FC 10: POP||Julio Juarez||W||Rear Naked Choke||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||2:23||1|
|10 June, 2016||Final Fight Championship 25||Matt Masterson||W||TKO Punches||Springfield, Massachusetts, USA||1:13||3|
|13 Nov, 2015||Legacy Fighting Championship 48||Ryan Spann||W||Unanimous Decision||Lake Charles, Louisiana USA||5:00||5|
|27 Feb, 2015||Legacy Fighting Championship 39||Larry Crowe||W||TKO Knee and Punches||Houston, Texas USA||2:19||2|
|26 Sept, 2014||Legacy Fighting Championship 35||Myron Dennis||W||Rear Naked Choke||Tulsa, Oklahoma USA||4:50||4|
|07 June, 2014||BC: Bitetti Combat 20||Elias Mendonca||W||Rear Naked Choke||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||1:07||1|
|01 Nov, 2013||WOCS: Watch Out Combat Show 31||Fabio Marongiu||W||Unanimous Decision||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||5:00||3|
|06 Sept, 2013||BC: Bitetti Combat 17||Diosman Nery de Jesus||W||Unanimous Decision||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||5:00||3|
|23 June, 2013||Fight Against Crack||Alessandro Macedo||W||Rear Naked Choke||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||3:25||1|
14. Leonardo Leite’s Top Fights
Leonardo Leite vs Gabriel Gonzaga Brasileiro Equipes 1999
Leonardo Leite RG Tourny 10/24/09 Gi Fight 1
Leonardo Leite x Paulo Ricardo by X-COMBAT
OLD SCHOOL BJJ MATCH: Leonardo Leite VS Mario Sperry Mundials 1999 IBJJF World Championship