Legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor and Checkmat co-founder Leo Vieira has been appointed to a leadership role within ONE Championship. According to a press release from the promotion, ONE has appointed Vieira as the Vice President of Grappling.
In his role, Vieira will add a great deal of expertise and knowledge. He is a two-time ADCC champion and an IBJJF world champion. He founded Checkmat alongside his brother Ricardo; today, the team is widely considered one of the best competition affiliations in the world.
Here’s what Vieira had to say about his new position at ONE Championship:
I am thrilled to join ONE as Vice President of Grappling. I appreciate the trust and opportunity that Chatri and the ONE team have given me to shape ONE’s submission grappling divisions. As a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt for over 25 years, I have been able to positively impact lives as a competitor, professor, and team leader, and I will continue to do so at ONE. It is a dream come true to work alongside people who share similar values and beliefs about martial arts as I do. I am committed to building the world’s most exciting submission grappling promotion with ONE’s amazingly talented roster.