|Born||September 19, 1983|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||136 lb (62 kg; 9 st 10 lb)|
|Division||Featherweight (145 lb)
Bantamweight (135 lb)
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Singapore|
|Team||Evolve Mixed Martial Arts|
|Rank||3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2006 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. He is a member of the Evolve MMA fight team and is based in Singapore. He holds a notable victory over Masakazu Imanari and as of November 2013 he is ranked number 33 in the world by Fight Matrix.
Mixed martial arts career
Fighting in Brazil
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.
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.
Art of War
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.
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 and he has finished all five fights with a different submission.
In 2011 Issa decided he would drop down to the bantamweight division.
ONE Fighting Championship
On July 15, 2011 it was announced that Issa had signed with One Fighting Championship. 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.
This fight was Issa's first as a bantamweight. Although Soo Chul Kil had a record of 4-1, Issa has been described as the toughest opponent he has ever faced. Issa won the fight via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In November 2013, it was announced that Issa had signed a contract with the UFC. 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.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||15 wins||6 losses|
|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|
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