Leandro Lo Signs Up For Europeans, Changes Weight Class AGAIN

Hywel Teague / FloGrappling Leandro Lo training at Alliance in Porto Alegre

IBJJF World and Pan champion Leandro Lo has added his name among the competitors scheduled to square off at the upcoming European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, on Jan. 17-22. 

Lo, who took gold at both Worlds and Pans last year as a medium heavyweight, has moved up a division and will compete at heavyweight (94.3kg / 208lb). 

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A quick scan of the divisions will tell you that Lo's choice could be down to the fact he has two students already entered in the medium heavyweight division: Matheus Spirandeli and Vinicius Carvalho. 

Or, it could be that Lo's notorious appetite and love of Coca-Cola and fries means he had a heavy holiday season. 

Either way, the man you voted for as 2016 FloGrappling Black Belt of the Year and winner of the Gi Match of the Year will compete at a new weight class for the start of 2017. 

Lo began his career as a lightweight, competing at his first world championships as a black belt in 2011. He has steadily moved up through the divisions over the years, aided by a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. 

Putting it in perspective, look at the world titles Lo has won and how he's consistently moved up over time. 
• 2012 IBJJF lightweight world champion
• 2013 IBJJF lightweight world champion
• 2014 IBJJF middleweight world champion
• 2015 IBJJF medium heavyweight world champion 
• 2016 IBJJF medium heavyweight world champion

Related post: Leandro Lo's Outdoor Strength Workout

Take a look at Leandro's division so far -- registration closes on Jan. 8, so more names could still sign up. 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy
Jesse Juhani Urholin - Alliance International
Adam Wardzinski - CheckMat International
Tyrone Gonsalves - Clube Omar Salum Jiu-Jitsu
Alberto Gonzalez Ortiz - Crazy Team
Helvecio Augusto M. Penna Neto - De La Riva JJ
Rodolpho Paulo Oliveira do Bonfim - GF Team
Marek Pawel Zbrog - Gracie Barra Birmingham
Antonio Carlos F. Ferraz Ferreira - Guigo JJ
Samuel Monin - Hagakuré 83
Hassine Azarkan - Icon Jiu-Jitsu
Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento - Ns Brotherhood
Nicolas E. Penzer - PAT Academy Belgium
Leonardo de Freitas Costa - Rodrigo Reis Jiu-Jitsu Team
Rodrigo Ferreira Reis - Rodrigo Reis Jiu-Jitsu Team
Felipe Mota Dias - Roger Gracie Academy Norway
Matheus Rodrigues P. S. V. da Silva - Stone Fight
Total: 16


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