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Celebrate Leo Vieira’s birthday and watch how he beat Eddie Bravo at the 2003 ADCC

Leo Vieira Photo by Erin Herle
Leo Vieira at the 2013 ADCC

Leonardo Vieira is celebrating his 39th birthday this Monday, March 23.

Two-time ADCC champion and also a world champion, not to mention many other glories, the leader of Checkmat has definitely made a name for himself.

Protagonist of some of the most thrilling moments in grappling history, like the open class match up against Mark Kerr at the 2000 ADCC, Leozinho has a lot to be proud of.

We decided to bring back one of those moments from the 2003 ADCC, the -66kg semifinal against Eddie Bravo.

Remember that Bravo was a instant celebrity at that time after submitting Royler Gracie in the first round with a triangle.

Royler was then the sitting three-time champion of the division (1999-2000-2001).

Take a look in this highlights to see how things went.

After that year, Vieira went on to win the -66kg division again in 2005, finish second in 2007, reach the semifinals in 2009 (didn’t compete for the third place for health issues), finish second in 2011 (-77kg) and fourth in 2013 (-77kg).

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  1. Trained with Leo and lived with him at his apartment in Sao Paulo for 2 weeks in 1999, he's an amazing guy. Incredible career and still looks as capable and fit as he was way back then…

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