Leo Vieira His Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who Is Leo Vieira?
Leonardo Alcantara Vieira or commonly known as Leozinho, is a 6th degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt. Leo was awarded his Black belt by Romero Cavalcanti and their lineage leads back to Helio and Carlos Gracie. Leo is a two time ADCC Champion, he has also won the IBJJF World Championship at Brown and Black belt level.
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In 1996 Leo Vieira competed at the IBJJF World Championships as a Brown belt. In the final Leo would defeat Mauricio Mariano from Gracie Barra, Leo was then crowned the World Champion. In 1997 Leo competed as a Black belt at the IBJJF World Championships. Leo fought his way through the division and took on Marcio Feitosa in the final. Marcio would defeat Leo by an advantage, setting up a rivalry that would last for years.
In 1998 Leo competed again at the IBJJF World Championships, looking for retribution Leo made his way into the final again. A rematch between Leo Vieira and Marcio Feitosa was set for the final, this time Leo would win the World title by an advantage. The following year Leo would drop down to the 70 kg division, he made the final again at the IBJJF World Championships. Leo took on the famous Royler Gracie, as the fight ended with a draw, Royler Gracie was awarded the decision.
For the next two years Leo moved to Sao Paulo to train with Fabio Gurgel at team Alliance HQ. In 2000 Leo competed at the ADCC Championships, winning his first two rounds against Bob Schirmer and Vitor Shaolin. Leo would just fall short of a medal by losing to Jean Jacques Machado and his long time rival Marcio Feitosa. Later that year Leo would defeat Matt Sera at the Pro Am Championship.
In 2002 Leo was embroiled with the saga involving the beginning of the CBJJO, an organisation started to help competitors make more money. After Leo and a few of his training partners competed at the Copa de Mundo, Fabio Gurgel had a difference of opinion, which led to Fabio banning Leo and his friends from the gym. Leo and some of the other fighters started their own club called “Master Team” in honour of the club they trained at in the 80’s, this club later became Brasa Club de Jiu Jitsu.
In 2003 Leo won his first ADCC Championship at 66 kg by defeating Baret Yoshida in the final. 2004 and 2005 would see Leo win Pan American Championships and another ADCC title this time defeating Rany Yahya 6 - 0 on points in the final. In 2007 Leo beat Jeff Glover in the quarter finals at the ADCC Championships, making his way into the final he lost by rear naked choke to Rany Yahya.
In 2008 Leo and his brothers started their own club called Checkmat, in order to have more creative control with their Jiu Jitsu. After a short stint of retirement from competitive grappling Leo entered the 2011 ADCC Championship. At 35 years of age many people thought that Leo was too old to compete, Leo showcased his superior skills by making it to the final against Marcelo Garcia. Unfortunately Leo would lose by a triangle choke, but Leo was happy to come in second place.
How Old Is Leo Vieira?
Leo Vieira was born in Rio de Janeiro on the 23rd of march in 1976, he is currently 45 years of age.The Secrets of The Brabo Choke by Leo Vieira is available from BJJFanatics.com!
Leo Vieira’s Family!
Growing up in Rio de Janeiro in the 70’s and 80’s was a dangerous place for the Vieira brothers. Like many Brazilian born children soccer and martial arts were their passions, as they played soccer on the streets of Rio de Janeiro growing up. By the age of 6 their father introduced them to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Leo had two brothers Ricardo and Leandro. All three of the brothers began training at the “Academia Master” , a gym run by Romero Cavalcanti, Which later became Team Alliance. All three brothers excelled at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, earning their Black belts. Today Ricardo is a 3rd degree Black belt, Leandro is a 4th degree Black belt and Leonardo is a 6th degree black belt.
How Much Is Leo Vieira Worth?
Leo Vieira is said to be the richest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner in Brazil, throughout his illustrious career he has earned a lot of prize money. Leo is also the co-founder along with his brothers of Checkmat Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which has now become world renowned. With their many gyms in Brazil and across the United States, they have become one of the most popular choices. Leo has a net worth said to be as much as 5 million dollars.
How Tall Is Leo Vieira?
Leo Vieira is 5 feet and 11 inches tall which is the equivalent of 180 centimetres.
How Much Does Leo Vieira Weigh?
Throughout Leo Vieira’s BJJ career he has competed at 66 kg (145 lbs) 70 kg (154 lbs) and at 76 kg (167 lbs) Leo has also competed in the Absolute divisions.
Leo Vieira’s Fight List
Leo Vieira is an exceptional grappler in both Gi and NoGi, he has competed for many years winning many titles. Leo has competed against some of the best grapplers in the world. His extensive fight list includes great names like; Marcio Feitosa, Royler Gracie, Jean Jacques Machado, Matt Sera, Eddie Bravo, Beret Yoshida, Rany Yahya, Ryan Hall, Rafael Mendes, Marcelo Garcia, AJ Agazarm, Jeff Glover, Vitor Shaolin, Otavio Sousa and Chael Sonnen.
Leo Vieira’s Best Fight Of All Time!
Leo Vieira has been involved in many exceptional fights over his long and prestigious career. Leo has beaten some of the world's best grapplers competing on the world stage of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Leo has beaten guys like; Jeff Glover, Vitor Shaolin, Marcio Feitosa, Matt Sera and Ryan Hall. Leo has won World Championships, ADCC Championships and Pan American Championships against high quality competitors. Leo had his best event in 2003 competing at the ADCC Championship. Leo submitted Allan Teo in the first round, before defeating Rany Yahya and Eddie Bravo 9-0 and 16-0 on points respectively. Moving into the final Leo would fight the famed Baret Yoshida and defeat him 6-0 on points, to claim the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Championship.
Who Did Leo Vieira Lose To?
Leo Vieira has only had 13 losses as a Black belt with only 4 losses by submission. Leo has lost to guys like; Marcio Feitosa, Royler Gracie, Vitor Shaolin, Jean Jacques Machado, Mark Kerr, Otavio Sousa, Chael Sonnen and Leonardo Santos. The only guys that have ever submitted Leo at Black belt level have been Rani Yahya (RNC) Marcelo Garcia (Triangle) Rafael Mendes (RNC) and Gabriel Marangoni (Terra Footlock)
Leo Vieira’s Record!
Leo Vieira has had an outstanding career on the world stage of grappling, as a Black belt he has won 40 out of 53 matches including 12 submission wins. As a brown belt Leo has won the IBJJF World Championship (1996) As a Black belt his accolades are; IBJJF World Champion (1999) IBJJF World Champion Silver and Bronze (1997, 2000 respectively) ADCC Champion ( 2003, 2005) ADCC Champion Runner Up (2007, 2011) IBJJF Pan American Champion (2002, 2004) CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (1998) Leo has also won events like; LPJJ, Pro Am and the World Cup.
Leo Vieira’s Injuries!
Leo Vieira has been relatively lucky when it comes to injuries, due to his high degree of expertise in martial arts, Leo is well conditioned. Throughout Leo’s career he has experienced plenty of muscle strains, being a high level Jiu Jitsu practitioner comes with it’s ailments. After an extremely successful career Leo now focuses on developing and conditioning his students.
Is Leo Vieira Retired?
Leo Vieira retired from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu circuit in 2009 after his loss to Rafael Mendes at the ADCC Championships. Leo then focused on teaching Jiu Jitsu at his club, and after a two year hiatus Leo returned to the world circuit. Leo would compete for the next few years mainly at ADCC Championships, even placing second in 2011. In Leo’s most recent fight he fought against Chael Sonnen in a special match at the ADCC Championship where he lost by a referee decision. Leo decided to retire after the event and put all his attention into his academy Checkmat in Signal Hill in Southern California. Leonardo Vieira has excellent teaching methods and has established himself as one of the premier coaches of Jiu Jitsu in the world.
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