Jiu-Jitsu Legend Leandro Lo Confirmed Dead After Being Shot In Brazil, MMA Community Mourns

The MMA community is saddened to have lost a legend in the sport.

Leandro Lo Dead
Leandro Lo Dead - Image via @leandrolojj Instagram
  • Leandro Lo was confirmed dead after being reportedly shot by a police officer in Brazil
  • A number of MMA stars mourned the passing of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend

On Saturday, news broke that Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Leandro Lo has been shot dead in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Lo’s lawyer confirmed the devastating news to Brazilian news outlet G1, stating the 33-year-old was shot at a concert in Sao Paolo.

Already brain dead

In a report obtained by MMA Junkie, police officer Henrique Otavio Oliveira Velozo was identified as suspect, having had “a physical altercation” with Lo prior to the shooting. Velozo allegedly “grabbed a bottle from Lo’s table” and the jiu-jitsu legend responded by taking him down to the ground. After finally being separated, Velozo allegedly “pulled a gun and shot Lo in the forehead.”

Lo was rushed to the hospital but was declared already “brain dead, the legal definition for death” while still on the way to the hospital.

MMA community mourns

Lo was a recognized name in jiu-jitsu and was lauded by many in the sport. He was a multi-time BJJ world champion, having copped victories in the World Cup, Pan American championships and Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

After hearing the news, the MMA community grieved for his untimely demise.


Published on August 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm
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