Leo Santos

leosantos.gHome: Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu/submission fighting
Team: Nova União
Division: under 76.9 Kg

MMA Record: 6 – 3 – 0 (67% of victories by submission)

Leo Santos is one of the most important light-weight fighters in the history of brazilian jiu-jitsu. He won everything and everyone in BJJ tournaments before he starts fighting MMA.

Leo is famous for his butterfly guard and for his really nice sweeps, but all professional fighters have to be complete on their game and have to adapt depending on who you are fighting. A good example is the fight he did against Zulu, the best brazilian wrestler at that time, at the ADCC trials 2005:

Zulu knew that Leo was better on the ground and was waiting the first five minutes.  After that he took Leo down, making the 2 points, and then tried to hold him down to the end of fight-time. Leo realised Zulu was just waiting and did a surprise attack, concluding with the best take-down of the tournament, winning the 2005 trials.

At the 2005 ADCC World Championship, Leo Santos faced great fighters, but the most commented fight was the beautifully flying armbar he did on GSP as you can see below:

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One Response to “Leo Santos”

  1. Bruno Bastos « ADCC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BARCELONA 2009 Says:

    […] Bruno is a Georges St. Pierre fan and use to train muay-thai to relax. He fought two times in MMA, loosing the last time to Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares by decision. Other idols of him are the F1 pilot Ayrton Senna and Nova União BJJ fighter Leonardo Santos. […]


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