Leandro Lo Pereira is one of the top Jiu Jitsu competitors in the world. A black belt under Cicero Costha, Leandro Lo was well known in Brazil for some time. In the US however, he was relatively unknown until he defeated Michael Langhi in April 2011. This was the first time Langhi suffered a defeat in 3 years! Leandro Lo would go on to beat Langhi again as well as win the Mundials, Pan American Games, Brazilian Nationals and just about every tournament he entered firmly establishing himself as the king of the light weight category.
Recently he moved up to Middle weight and the general consensus is he will continue his domination. As a middle weight he has won Copa Pódio and has taken home many absolute titles.
- Copa Podio Super Fight Champion (2013)
- World Champion (2012, 2013)
- Pan American Champion (2012)
- 4x Brazilian National Champion (2009 & 2010 brown, 2011, 2012)
- 2x Brazilian National No Gi Champion (2012 weight & absolute)
- 3x Copa Podio GP Champion (2011, 2012, 2013)
- 3x Brazilian National Nogi Champion (2011, 2012 weight & absolute)
- Rio Open Champion (2011)
- 2x World Jiu Jitsu Pro Cup Champion (2011, 2013)
- World League Pro Jiu Jitsu (2010)
- Brazilian Cup Champion (2008 purple – CBJJE)
- World Champion (2005 junior blue)
- World Silver Medallist (2006 junior blue)
- World No Gi Silver Medallist (2012 absolute)
- Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2008 purple)
Bio (from BJJ Heroes)
Leandro Lo do Nascimento was born on the 11th of May, 1989 on the east side of São Paulo – Brazil. He started practising Jiu Jitsu through the “Lutando Pelo Bem” project for underprivileged children in 2004, a project led by Cicero Costha.
Leandro was a natural athlete and won many important titles as a junior, such as the Mundial in 2005, medalling again in 2006. In 2007 the world’s biggest organization (CBJJ/IBJJF) shifted its tournament – the Mundial – to the United States seeking world wide recognition. With the change many Brazilian competitors (Leandro included) lost their main tournament as they did not have the means to travel to America. These fighters were left with the considered smaller events such as the World Cup – CBJJE, the World League Pro Jiu Jitsu and the World Pro Cup all of which were won by Leandro Lo.
It was on April 14th of 2011 that Leandro finally turned a few heads his way. After winning the south Brazilian trials at the “Gramado”, Lo went on to defeat two legends in the tournament’s final stage, Celso Vinicius and Michael Langhi. Langhi was widely considered the best lightweight in the world, and hadn’t lost a competition in 3 years. In 2012 Leandro Lo became widely recognized as the best lightweight BJJ competitor in the world, after wins at the Mundial (World Championship) the Pan American and the Brazilian Nationals. Leandro also established himself as force to be reckoned with in the open weight divisions with a win at the Brazilian No Gi Nationals and a second place at the No Gi World Championship.