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

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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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There are 11 comments for this article
  1. Jason Gotch at 8:08 pm

    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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