With the world under lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the IBJJF along with FloGrappling have been releasing some great matches that have taken place in various competitions and promotions. Today we will be looking at our favourite Five of Kingz Athlete Leandro Lo’s matches !
Leandro Lo vs Joao Gabriel Rocha – 2017 Pan Ams Absolute finals.
2017 would see Leandro win double gold at the Europeans, Pans and Brasilieros, it was the Pan Ams absolute finals which everyone in attendance will never forget. Facing the Ultra-Heavyweight champion, Joao Gabriel Rocha, Leandro would submit Joao by a vicious toe hold after a back and forth match up.
Leandro Lo vs Erberth Santos – 2017 Brazilian Nationals Super heavyweight finals.
While there might not be as much action as there usually is in a Leandro match, the atmosphere in the arena was electric. Leandro and Erberth were both racing for the top spot in the IBJJF black belt rankings and this match would go a long way in determining who would talk that number one spot in the end, and of course the Brasiliero Super Heavyweight Gold medal. The crowd cheered every tiny bit of action. For the most part the match was Leandro’s legendary guard play vs Erberth’s aggressive passing. Towards the end, Leandro would sweep Erberth with his single leg x sweep and end up passing the guard for a 5-0 victory.
Leandro Lo vs Keenan Cornelius 2014 NYC Pro Heavyweight finals –
Leandro and the Worm Master Keenan have competed many times at black belt, with Leandro taking most of them, and they have mostly taken place at the Mats of the Pans and World Championships. However in 2015 it was a different story, Keenan had just completed his rookie season at black belt where at the world championships he managed to defeat Leandro Lo in the absolute division. This was when the Worm Guard was a new technique in the Jiu Jitsu world and many had no idea, and still do, what to do against it. This was a match of Leandro’s top game vs Keenans guard trickery. Which was resulted in Leandro managing to take advantage of Keenan making an error and Leandro ending up in mount with 10 seconds remaining.
Leandro Lo vs Victor Honorio 2018 World Championships Absolute Semi Finals.
Leandro faced off with Victor Honorio in the Absolute semi finals of the 2018 world championships. Victor Honorio is known for his world class athleticism especially being big as he is and is a European Champion along with a World Medalist. In a close match, the score was tied with 15 seconds to go, Leandro would hustle hard and work his way to the back of honorio from the closed guard and get his hooks in to be awarded the 4 points and the win !
Leandro Lo vs Gabriel Arges 2016 Pan Ams Medium heavyweight Quarter finals.
Gabriel Arges is now a multiple World champion, during his rookie season he would face Leandro Lo in the Quarter finals of the 2016 Medium heavyweight division. For the first half of the match, it was a back and forth affair, with the scores equal at 6 a piece. However Leandro’s experience and skill at the black belt level would show into the second half of the match securing 2 passes and a knee ride resulting in a 14-6 victory !