On Sunday, the jiu-jitsu community awoke to the news of the tragic death of multiple-time world champion Leandro Lo. Lo was shot in the head following an altercation at a Sao Paulo nightclub; he was 33-years old.
One of the sport’s most accomplished current competitors, Lo was a staggering eight-time IBJJF world champion that competed and won across a variety of weight classes. His most recent performance at the 2022 IBJJF Worlds was perhaps his most impressive, as he won gold without a single point scored against him.
A black belt under Cicero Costha, Lo competed at a world class level since beginning in 2011 and won his first black belt world championship in 2012.
More than just a tenacious and active competitor, people in the jiu-jitsu community have been quick to remember Lo as a happy, friendly, lighthearted soul. He is seen smiling in nearly every picture, and there are countless videos of Lo dancing.
Lo’s tragic killing has reverberated throughout the community, with friends, competitors and coaches all sharing heartfelt remembrances of the legendary character.
Opponent and occasional training partner Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida
Lo’s frequent home base for training, Unity Jiu-Jitsu
Lo’s friend and opponent Felipe Pena
Opponent and ADCC world champion Augusto Mendes
Coach Cicero Costha
Opponent and world champion Romulo Barral
World champion Mikey Musumeci
Elite competitor Roberto Jimenez
Top coach John Danaher
Multiple time ADCC and world champion Gabi Garcia
World champion Matheus Gabriel
Elite competitor and FloGrappling commentator Kendall Reusing
Legendary competitor Roger Gracie
Retired competitor and FloGrappling commentator Caio Terra
Legendary competitor Paulo Miyao
Elite retired competitor and coach Ricardo Liborio
Elite competitor Rafael Lovato Jr.
World and ADCC champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu
Top competitors Kade and Tye Ruotolo
Legendary competitor Andre Galvao
Current elite competitor Devhonte Johnson
Current elite competitor Nicholas Meregali