Leandro Issa

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Leandro Issa
Born (1983-09-19) September 19, 1983 (age 34)
Other names Brodinho
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight 136 lb (62 kg; 9 st 10 lb)
Division Featherweight (145 lb)
Bantamweight (135 lb)
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Singapore
Team Evolve Mixed Martial Arts
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2006 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 15
By knockout 2
By submission 9
By decision 4
Losses 6
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Leandro Issa (born September 19, 1983) is a mixed martial artist from Brazil. Issa is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has won numerous BJJ competitions and tournaments including the Mundials and the Brazilian national championships.[3] He is a member of the Evolve MMA fight team and is based in Singapore.[4] He holds a notable victory over Masakazu Imanari and as of November 2013 he is ranked number 33 in the world by Fight Matrix.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Fighting in Brazil[edit]

Issa made his professional MMA debut in October 2006 submitting Eduardo Felipe in the second round. He was handed the first loss of his MMA career in May 2007 when he was stopped in the third round by Japanese fighter Takafumi Otsuka. In total Issa fought five times in Brazil during this period, winning three fights and losing two.[6]

War Gods[edit]

Issa's first fight outside of Brazil was at War Gods in California. He defeated Ralph Lopez by rear naked choke in the opening round.[7]

Art of War[edit]

Issa moved to Singapore to join the Evolve MMA fight team in January 2009. His first fight in Asia was for the Art of War promotion in China. He submitted Korean fighter Yeong Gwang Choi with a triangle choke in the first round.

Martial Combat[edit]

In 2010 Issa signed with Martial Combat and he fought three times for this promotion, winning every single fight by way of first round submission. His win over Gui Quan Lin at Martial Combat 11 was his fifth consecutive first round submission win[8] and he has finished all five fights with a different submission.[9]

In 2011 Issa decided he would drop down to the bantamweight division.

ONE Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 15, 2011 it was announced that Issa had signed with One Fighting Championship.[10] On July 18 it was announced that Issa would be facing unbeaten Korean Soo Chul Kim at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on September 3.[11]

This fight was Issa's first as a bantamweight. Although Soo Chul Kil had a record of 4-1,[12] Issa has been described as the toughest opponent he has ever faced.[13] Issa won the fight via unanimous decision.

Issa's next fight was against Japanese veteran Masakazu Imanari at ONE Fighting Championship: Destiny of Warriors in Kuala Lumpur in June 2012. He won by unanimous decision.[14]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In November 2013, it was announced that Issa had signed a contract with the UFC.[15] His debut took place on January 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim against Russell Doane. He lost the fight via technical submission in the second round.

Issa next fought Jumabieke Tuerxun at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6, 2014. He won the fight via submission due to an armbar in the third round. His efforts earned him his first Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night bonuses.

Issa fought Ulka Sasaki on December 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 58. He won the fight in the second round via submission.

Issa next faced Iuri Alcântara on August 1, 2015 at UFC 190.[16] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Issa next faced Taylor Lapilus on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93.[18] He lost the fight by unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion. [19]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–6 Dae Hwan Kim Decision (unanimous) ONE 63: Immortal Pursuit November 24, 2017 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 14–6 Toni Tauru TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Kings and Conquerors August 5, 2017 2 1:36 Macau, China
Loss 13–6 Taylor Lapilus Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett September 3, 2016 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Loss 13–5 Iuri Alcântara Decision (unanimous) UFC 190 August 1, 2015 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 13–4 Ulka Sasaki Submission (neck crank) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway December 20, 2014 2 4:13 Barueri, Brazil
Win 12–4 Jumabieke Tuerxun Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014 3 3:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Loss 11–4 Russell Doane Technical Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim January 4, 2014 2 4:59 Marina Bay, Singapore
Win 11–3 Yusup Saadulaev Decision (unanimous) ONE FC: Kings and Champions April 5, 2013 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 10–3 Soo Chul Kim TKO (punches) ONE FC: Rise of Kings October 6, 2012 2 0:15 Kallang, Singapore For the inaugural ONE FC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–2 Masakazu Imanari Decision (unanimous) ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Win 9–2 Soo Chul Kim Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship 1: Champion vs. Champion September 3, 2011 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 8–2 Guo Qian Liu Submission (arm-triangle choke) Martial Combat 11 October 15, 2010 1 1:08 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 7–2 Ramsey Dewey Submission (kimura) Martial Combat 5 July 14, 2010 1 N/A Sentosa, Singapore
Win 6–2 Jiang Long Yun Submission (armbar) Martial Combat 1 May 12, 2010 1 3:03 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 5–2 Yeong Gwang Choi Submission (triangle choke) Art of War 15 November 28, 2009 1 1:27 Beijing, China
Win 4–2 Ralph Lopez Submission (rear-naked choke) War Gods December 9, 2008 1 3:58 Salinas, California, United States
Loss 3–2 Hudson Rocha Submission (guillotine choke) Rio FC 1 February 28, 2008 1 0:45 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–1 Tony Marcos TKO (punches) Gladiator Combat Arena September 24, 2007 N/A N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 2–1 Takafumi Otsuka TKO (punches) Fury FC 3: Reloaded May 19, 2007 3 N/A São Paulo, Brazil
Win 2–0 Leonardo Porto Submission (triangle choke) Segundo Muay Thai Festival September 27, 2009 1 1:25 Niterói, Brazil
Win 1–0 Eduardo Felipe Submission (choke) Top Fighter MMA 2 October 25, 2006 2 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC 190 Rousey vs. Correia". UFC.com. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Leandro Thomas Issa da Silva - Evolve MMA". evolve-mma.com. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Leandro Issa:The Brazilian Bantamweight Set to Star at ONE Fighting Championship". MMAmania.com. 
  4. ^ "Instructors - Evolve MMA Singapore - Asia's #1 Mixed Martial Arts Gym". Evolve MMA Singapore - Asia's #1 Mixed Martial Arts Gym. 
  5. ^ "Fight Matrix - Current MMA Rankings &» Bantamweight". 
  6. ^ "Leandro". Sherdog. 
  7. ^ "Leandro". Sherdog. 
  8. ^ "FOX SPORTS - Latest Sports News, Live Scores, Fixtures, Results". FOX SPORTS. 
  9. ^ "Leandro". Sherdog. 
  10. ^ "Singapore's One FC Launches; Gracies, Filipino Champs Aboard". Sherdog. 
  11. ^ "Baroni-Yoshida, Gregor Gracie Added to One FC's Sept. 3 Debut". Sherdog. 
  12. ^ "Soo-Chul Kim". Sherdog. 
  13. ^ "ONE Fighting Championship - Events". 
  14. ^ "ONE FC 4 results recap for 'Destiny of Warriors' in Kuala Lumpur". MMAmania.com. 
  15. ^ Staff (2013-11-26). "UFC Signs Leandro Issa, Dave Galera and Royston Wee, but Misses Out on Eddie Ng and Shinya Aoki". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  16. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-06-15). "Iuri Alcantara vs. Leandro Issa added to UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  17. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-08-01). "UFC 190 results: Iuri Alcantara beats up Leandro Issa late for unanimous decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  18. ^ Staff (2016-07-22). "Lapilus vs. Issa added to UFC Fight Night 93". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  19. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-09-03). "UFC Fight Night 93 results: Taylor Lapilus rebounds for convincing decision over Leandro Issa". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-03. 

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