September 9, 1973 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
|Fighting out of||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Team||Chute Boxe Academy|
|Trainer||Cristiano Marcello (former)|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jose "Pele" Landi is a professional MMA and Vale Tudo fighter for many organizations including Pride. Jose Landi-Jons was the International Vale Tudo Championship middleweight champion (IVC 1999) after he defeated Rafael Cordeiro. Jose was born in Cuba, but moved to Brazil at the age of 7. Jose is a Cuban-Brazilian vale tudo fighter known for his eccentric attitude and exciting style of fighting. Pelé's style is primarily Muay Thai, but he also practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in which he holds a black belt. Jose was a member of Chute Boxe Academy,  and is ranked as one of the top 10 black fighters in mixed martial arts.
He was formerly affiliated with the world famous Chute Boxe Academy, eventually leaving as the result of feeling betrayed by the head of Chute Boxe, Rudimar. It is thought that Rudimar went back on financial agreements made with Pele. Pelé now fights with Revolution Fight Team in British Columbia, Canada. In November 23, 2011, he returned to the legendary team Chute Boxe Academy.
Jose was the former coach of Anderson Silva with whom he had a well known feud. This feud came about after Jose defeated former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva twice. Jose has well documented wins over former Bellator Middleweight Championship Alexander Shlemenko, former UFC Welterweight Champion / UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, and UFC Hall of Fame Pat Miletich. Jose was known for breaking his leg in a fight against Brian Gassaway at TKO 32 – Ultimatum in 2008. In 2014, Jose would agree to fight Ben Saunders for the vacant welterweight title of Titan FC.
One of his biggest MMA wins came at 4:45 of the first round in Shidokan Jitsu-Warriors War 1 when he brutally knocked out future UFC champion Matt Hughes with a knee. Another big win for Pelé was when he beat UFC champion Pat Miletich by TKO in 2000. He lost to future UFC champion Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell at IVC 6, losing by decision. But Pelé's most famous fights are his two wins against jiu-jitsu fighter Jorge "Macaco" Patino in the vale tudo rings of Brazil. The two had a very hostile feud leading up to and during the fights. Pelé also holds two victories over current Bellator Middleweight Champion, veteran Alexander Shlemenko.
Pride Fighting Championships
Titan Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|43 matches||28 wins||15 losses|
|Win||28-15||Rodrigo Fernandez||TKO (punches)||Samurai Fight Combat 10||November 30, 2013||1||1:04||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Loss||27-15||Jevgeniy Mahteenko||Decision (unanimous)||Abu Dhabi Warriors||November 2, 2012||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||27-14||Samuel Quito||TKO (cut)||Kumite MMA Combate||October 28, 2011||2||2:49||Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil|
|Win||26-14||William Dias||Submission (guillotine choke)||Samurai FC 4 : Overload||November 6, 2010||1||2:41||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||25-14||Max Pedreira||KO (flying knee and punches)||Brazilian Fight League 5||December 19, 2009||1||0:28||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||24-14||Shannon Ritch||KO (punches)||KOTC: Capital Excalibur||July 18, 2009||1||0:08||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||23-14||Brian Gassaway||TKO (broken leg)||TKO 32: Ultimatum||February 28, 2008||2||0:50||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||23-13||Jake Ellenberger||KO (punch)||EFC 5: Revolution||November 3, 2007||1||0:09||Prince George, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||23-12||Mitch McElroy||Submission (kneebar)||BodogFight: Costa Rica||February 18, 2007||2||1:16||Costa Rica|
|Loss||22-12||Eduardo Pamplona||Decision (unanimous)||Show Fight 5||November 9, 2006||3||5:00||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||22-11||Alexander Shlemenko||Decision (unanimous)||World Free Fight Challenge 2||September 30, 2006||3||5:00||Koper, Slovenia|
|Loss||21-11||Thales Leites||Technical Submission (arm triangle choke)||Jungle Fight 6||April 29, 2006||1||2:40||Manaus, Brazil|
|Loss||21-10||Travis Lutter||Submission (armbar)||Cage Rage 15||February 4, 2006||1||4:00||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||21-9||Alexander Shlemenko||Decision (majority)||Jungle Fight 5||November 26, 2005||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||20-9||Fabricio Monteiro||KO (punch)||Jungle Fight 4||May 21, 2005||2||0:13||Manaus, Brazil|
|Loss||19-9||Renato Sobral||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 3||October 23, 2004||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Loss||19-8||Lee Murray||KO (punches)||EF 1: Genesis||July 13, 2003||2||0:28||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||19-7||Carlos Newton||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE 19||February 24, 2002||1||7:16||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||19-6||Daijiro Matsui||Decision||PRIDE 14||May 27, 2001||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||19-5||Karimula Barkalaev||TKO (punches/ref stoppage)||Shidokan Jitsu - Warriors War 1||February 8, 2001||1||5:59||Kuwait|
|Win||19-4||Matt Hughes||TKO (knee)||Shidokan Jitsu - Warriors War 1||February 8, 2001||1||4:45||Kuwait|
|Win||18-4||Waldir dos Anjos||Submission (strikes)||Meca World Vale Tudo 4||December 16, 2000||1||8:05||Curitiba, Parana, Brazil|
|Loss||17-4||Dave Menne||Decision (majority)||WEF 9: World Class||May 13, 2000||3||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||17-3||Martijn de Jong||Decision (unanimous)||2H2H 1||March 5, 2000||1||10:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||16-3||Pat Miletich||TKO (corner stoppage)||WEF 8: Goin' Platinum||January 15, 2000||1||8:00||Rome, Georgia, United States|
|Win||15-3||Rodney Glunder||Technical Submission (armbar)||Amsterdam Absolute Championship 2||November 27, 1999||1||6:25||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||14-3||Johil de Oliveira||Decision (unanimous)||IVC 11: The Tournament Is Back||April 27, 1999||1||30:00|
|Loss||13-3||Chuck Liddell||Decision (unanimous)||IVC 6: The Challenge||August 23, 1998||1||30:00||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||13-2||Milton Bahia||Submission (strikes)||IVC 5: The Warriors||April 26, 1998||1||3:48||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||12-2||Jorge Pereira||TKO (cut)||IVC 5: The Warriors||April 26, 1998||1||8:15||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||11-2||Gerald Taylor||TKO (cut)||IVC 5: The Warriors||April 26, 1998||1||13:34||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||10-2||Evangelista Santos||TKO (strikes)||BVF 8 - Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 2||November 20, 1997||1||8:18||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||9-2||Lourival da Silva||Submission (strikes)||BVF 8 - Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 2||November 20, 1997||1||3:34||Brazil|
|Win||8-2||Touro Touro||Submission (strikes)||Brazilian Vale Tudo Fighting 10||July 1, 1997||1||1:24||Brazil|
|Loss||7-2||Eric Smith||Decision (split)||Brazil Open '97||June 15, 1997||1||20:00||Brazil|
|Loss||7-1||Johil de Oliveira||Decision (unanimous)||World Vale Tudo Championship 4||March 16, 1997||1||30:00||Brazil|
|Win||7-0||Jorge Patino||TKO (cut)||World Vale Tudo Championship 4||March 16, 1997||1||9:37||Brazil|
|Win||6-0||Jorge Patino||Submission (strikes)||BVF 6 - Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 1||November 1, 1996||1||14:19||Brazil|
|Win||5-0||Adriano Verdelli||Submission (rear naked choke)||BVF 6 - Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 1||November 1, 1996||1||1:29||Brazil|
|Win||4-0||Marcelo Viera||KO (knees and punches)||BVF 5 - Circuito de Lutas 9||September 1, 1996||1||0:32||Brazil|
|Win||3-0||Erico Correia||Submission (rear naked choke)||BVF 5 - Circuito de Lutas 9||September 1, 1996||1||1:11||Brazil|
|Win||2-0||Paulo Muniz||Submission (strikes)||BVF 5 - Circuito de Lutas 9||September 1, 1996||1||7:04||Brazil|
|Win||1-0||Moura Moura||Submission (strikes)||CP X CB: Capoeira vs. Chute Boxe||August 29, 1993||1||2:46||Brazil|
- "Exclusive Interview with the legendary Jose "Pelé" Landi-Jons". Cage Pages.
- "Sherdog’s Top 10: Black Mixed Martial Artists". Sherdog.
- "Pele returns to Chute Boxe MMA".
- "José Landi-Jons continues feud with Anderson Silva". bloodyelbow.com. April 11, 2013.
- "José Landi-Jons continues feud with Anderson Silva". Bloody Elbow.
- "Matt Riddle hurt, Jose Landi-Jons steps in to fight Ben Saunders at Titan FC 29". MMAmania.com.
- "Titan FC Announces Three More Signings, Confirms Fight For April Card". fightline.com. February 17, 2014.