Léo Vieira

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Léo Vieira
Leo Vieira.jpg
Vieira in May 2019
Born (1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 45)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesLeozinho
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank6th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active1997–2013; 2017
Léo Vieira
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Gold medal – first place 2003 São Paulo, Brazil -66kg
Gold medal – first place 2005 California, USA -66kg
Silver medal – second place 2007 New Jersey, USA -66kg
Silver medal – second place 2011 Nottingham, UK -77kg
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Championship
Silver medal – second place 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -76kg
Gold medal – first place 1998 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -76kg
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -76kg
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Pan American Championship
Gold medal – first place 2002 California, USA -69kg
Gold medal – first place 2004 California, USA -69kg

Leonardo Alcantara Vieira commonly known as Léo Vieira or Leozinho is a Brazilian submission grappler and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. He was born March 23, 1976 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.[1]

He is the eldest of the Viera brothers (Ricardo and Leandro), who lead of and fight for Checkmat.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

Leo Vieira began training Jiu-Jitsu at a very young age. He has won numerous medals, such as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, Pan American Championships and the prestigious ADCC world championships. After being on break from Jiujitsu Gi competition, Vieira competed again on July 16, 2017 at the age of 41.[2][3] He competed in Absolute Championship Berkut Jiu-Jitsu 6 in Moscow and lost the fight via terra footlock. On September 25, 2017, Vieira competed in the ADCC against former Ultimate Fighting Championship title contender, Chael Sonnen in the absolute division. Vieira lost the fight via referee's decision.[4]

CheckMat Jiu-Jitsu Team[edit]

One of the most successful teams in contemporary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, CheckMat's worldwide headquarters is in São Paulo, Brazil. CheckMat was established in 2008 by Leo and his brothers. Since its creation, Checkmat has become one of the top teams in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Team CheckMat is the 2008 and 2009 NoGi World Champion Team.[5] Team Checkmat also came in first for the Brazilian Nationals (Gi) 2010 [6] and Brazilian Nationals (No-Gi) 2010.[7]

Instructor lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Helio GracieRolls GracieRomero Cavalcanti → Léo Vieira[8]


  1. ^ Gracie Mag Brazilian BJJ Nationals 2012 "In the stands Fábio Gurgel, Léo Vieira, Ramon Lemos, Rodrigo Cavaca and André Marola represented some of the traditional powerhouse teams that were in the running."
  2. ^ "BJJ Legend Leo Vieira Returns to Competition at 41 Years of Age". BJJHeroes.com.
  3. ^ Djokovic, Iva (27 June 2017). "Leo Vieira Returns to Competition at Age 41". Bjjee.com.
  4. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (24 September 2017). "ADCC 2017, Day 2 results: Chael Sonnen defeats Leo Vieira". MMAFighting.com.
  5. ^ "Checkmat conquista o bi no Mundial No Gi". Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Carlos Eduardo Ozório. "No-Gi Brazilian Nationals decisive day". Graciemag.com. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  7. ^ Carlos Eduardo Ozório. "Brazilian team champion issues provocation: "The dream of the grand slam is over"". Graciemag.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  8. ^ "Leonardo "Leozinho" Vieira". BJJHeroes.com. Retrieved May 7, 2019.

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