Leonardo Nogueira: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who is Leonardo Nogueira?
Leonardo Pires Nogueira, usually called “Leo”, is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and one of the premiere members of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu’s competition team. He has competed in all of the major tournaments and managed to medal in several of them, including back-to-back gold medals in the 2011 and 2012 IBJJF World Championships.
Noguiera was born in the spring of 1987 in a small, coastal town in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began his Jiu-Jitsu journey at the age of 16 while training under Elcio Figueiredo in his home state. He was a lanky teenager and a natural guard player, which led to a lot of early tournament success for Leo. He won the IBJJF Worlds as a Blue Belt by leaning on his strong guard play.
In 2007, a few years after winning Worlds, Leo decided to switch to a well-known competition team. The reputation for success, worldwide reach, and careful organization of Alliance made the team a natural fit for Nogueira. He saw a huge progression over a short period of time after switching teams and meeting other high-level competitors like Antonio Peindado. Together, the two stormed through heavyweight and open weight divisions in international competitions around the world.
Two years after joining the Alliance team, Noguiera again won gold at Worlds, this time in the open weight brown belt division. This success saw him, alongside Sergio Santos, promoted to black belt in the summer of 2009 by the co-founder of Alliance, Fabio Gurgel.
Now over a decade into his black belt career, Leonardo Noguira is the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Alliance Atlanta. He is known for a very deliberate, technical style of teaching that was likely handed down to him from Gurgel’s instructor, the legendary Romero Cavalacanti. Leo brings with him a traditional mindset that works well for both self-defense and grappling competitions.
How Old is Leonardo Nogueira?
Leonardo Nogueira is 34 years old as of May 2021. He was born May 12, 1987 in Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Leonardo Nogueira Family
Information about Leonardo’s family has not been published.
How Much is Leonardo Nogueira Worth?
Leonardo Noguiera’s net worth is not available at this time.
How Tall is Leonardo Nogueira?
Leonardo stands 6’2”, which is 188 cm. He developed a reputation as a tall, lanky fighter very early on. His style is reflective of his natural shape, and he has one of the best offensive guard games in the world of combat sports.
How Much Does Leonardo Nogueira Weigh?
Leo Nogueira weighs around 220 pounds. He has competed in multiple weight classes. While competing as a super heavyweight or in the open weight divisions, he weighs in at 100kg, or 221 pounds. When he competes as a heavyweight, he cuts down to 94kg, or about 207 pounds.
Leonardo Nogueira Fight List
Leo Nogueira has won tons of different international tournaments at the highest levels. He is a multiple time IBJJF World Championship both as a colored belt and a black belt. In 2016, Nogueira was stripped after testing positive for a hormone that is often used to mask PED use.
- 2006 IBJJF World Championship - Gold (Blue)
- 2009 Rio International Open Championship - Silver (Brown)
- 2010 Rio International Open Championship - Silver
- 2010 Rio International Open Championship - Silver (Absolutes)
- 2015 Pan American Championship - Gold
Leonardo Nogueira's Best Fight of All Time
Nogueira has put on a show against some of the best grapplers in the world. The end of an incredibly dominant run from 2009 to 2012 saw him claim another IBJFF World Championship, this time by securing a baseball bat choke against Paulo Martins on his way to the gold medal.
Who Did Leonardo Nogueira Lose To?
After winning gold in the 100kg weight class at the 2012 IBJJF Worlds, Leo faced Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida in the finals for the absolute world title as well. The match was hotly contested, with both sides scoring points early on. With time running out, Buchecha was able to secure a mount for additional points and win the bout 8 to 4.
Leonardo Nogueira Record
Leo has an impressive record of 57-25 in professional grappling competition, with 17 of his wins coming by way of submissions. He has not displayed a preference for one type of finish, as 13 of his 17 finishes were all due to different moves.
Leonardo Nogueira Injuries
Leonardo has experienced his fair share of injuries, and even had to miss major tournaments as a result. He developed a severe knee injury that kept him out of the IBJJF Worlds in 2013 and, following his 2016 suspension for PEDs, he mentioned that the knee was again an issue.
While some might wallow in the frustration of injury, Leonardo has decided to turn this persistent problem into a positive. While creating his “Sao Paulo Passing System”, he leaned on techniques and passes that were still possible with a damaged knee.
Is Leonardo Nogueira Retired?
At only 34 years old, Leo has not retired from competition or from coaching. He continues to compete regularly after the lifting of his suspension in 2018, and remains the head instructor for grappling at Alliance in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nogueira knows what it takes to win at the highest levels and has taken the time to organize and share some of his methods in his instructionals, “The Sao Paulo Passing System” and “Half Guard Encyclopedia”. Both are available on BJJ Fanatics, and are loaded with championship-level tips to help you elevate your ground game.
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