Fábio Leopoldo

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Fábio Leopoldo
Born (1977-04-17) April 17, 1977 (age 43)
São Paulo, Brazil
ResidenceVentura, California[1]
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Fighting out ofVentura, California, United States
TeamGracie Morumbi, Ryan Gracie Team
Teacher(s)Ryan Gracie (formerly), Renzo Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr
Rank5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2004-2007
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision2
By knockout2
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Fábio Leopoldo Silva (born April 17, 1977 in São Paulo) is a former Brazilian mixed martial artist and is currently an active Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and a world-renowned instructor.


After graduating college with a degree in International Business, Leopoldo started his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in São Paulo, Brazil called Gracie Morumbi. He has been the owner and primary instructor at the academy since it was established in 1999. Since then he has gone on to open three more academies in the United States. One is in Ventura, California, and the others are in Thousand Oaks, California, and Camarillo, California. Leopoldo currently has over twenty black belts that train under him.

Leopoldo is a three-time world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, two-time Brazilian champion, and five-time Pan American champion.[citation needed] He also recently won the gold in the IBJJF International Masters.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Leopoldo has been married to Claudine (Dini) Leal Leopoldo Silva since July 2007. Dini Leopoldo is a RKC II certified Kettlebell instructor, and the head Kettlebell instructor at Gracie Morumbi Ventura and Thousand Oaks, California. They have a son.

In his free time, Leopoldo enjoys surfing and skateboarding. He has been skateboarding since the age of 6, and an avid surfer since his teen years. Leopoldo has even been featured in DEEP surfing magazine.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments[edit]

  • 4x World Champion (2000 – brown belt, 2002 – black belt)
  • 6x Pan American Champion (2000 – brown, 2002 weight & absolute, 2010 master, 2011 master, 2013 master)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2001 – black belt, 2019 - black belt)
  • 2x World Silver Medallist (1998 – purple belt, 1999 – brown belt, 2008 – black belt)
  • 6x Pan American Silver Medallist (1996 – purple belt, 2000 – brown belt absolute, 2001 black belt absolute, 2003, 2009 weight & absolute – master)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (1997 – blue belt)
  • 3x World Bronze Medallist (2001 – black belt, 2003, 2005)
  • 2x Pan American Bronze Medallist (1998 – purple belt, 2001 black belt)
  • 3x Brazilian National Bronze Medallist (1999 – brown belt, 2000 – black belt, 2005)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
8 matches 5 wins 3 losses
By knockout 1 2
By submission 2 1
By decision 2 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5-3 Ryan McGivern TKO (punches) IFL: 2007 Team Championship September 20, 2007 2 1:35 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 5-2 Brent Beauparlant TKO (injury) IFL – Las Vegas June 16, 2007 3 2:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5-1 Gerald Harris Decision (split) IFL: Connecticut April 13, 2007 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 4-1 Chris Albandia Submission (guillotine choke) IFL: Atlanta February 23, 2007 1 1:48 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 3-1 Ryan McGivern Submission (kneebar) IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich September 23, 2006 2 2:49 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 2-1 Matt Lindland Submission (rear naked choke) Gracie Fighting Championships: Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House March 3, 2006 3 3:25 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 2-0 Yuki Sasaki Decision (majority) Pancrase: 2004 Neo-Blood Tournament Semifinals July 25, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-0 Brendan Seguin TKO (punches) MMA: Eruption April 30, 2004 1 0:43 Lowell, Massachusetts, United States


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