Northeast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace set to make waves in MMA in 2012

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Leandro Hygo

A Jiu-Jitsu brown belt who is a fixture on the winners’ podium across the Brazilian northeast, Leandro “Pitbull” Hygo, 22, has also been making waves in MMA.

A native of the town of Mossoró, Hygo added a seventh win to his ledger last Friday, taking a unanimous decision over another “Pitbull”, Erinaldo dos Santos, at WFE 11. “He’s more than ready to take on bigger challenges. He trains hard, is dedicated and determined, and the result is showing,” said João Paulo, a black belt who helps Leandro with his ground game.

A former training partner to Rony “Jason”, fellow native of the state of Rio Grande do Norte who is tipped to appear as a contestant on the inaugural season of TUF Brazil; Leandro is known for his takedown savvy. The One JJ rep was featured on the website as one of the ten revelations who will make it big in MMA in 2012.

“I really have been training a lot not just in Jiu-Jitsu but lots in MMA, but that is just one step, because I still have a ways to go,” said the Brazilian bomber, who injured his foot by kicking Erinaldo’s knee and will now give it a rest. Check out Leandro Hygo in action at WFE 11.

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