BJJ legend and one of the best fighters Leandro Lo was killed over the weekend in a Brazilian nightclub. It was about a concert in Sao Paulo, and he was killed by an off-duty policeman who was still carrying an official gun.
The policeman's name is Henrique Otavio Oliveira Velozo, and he killed the legendary Lo because of an argument over a bottle of alcohol that was on Leandro's table. Witnesses said Leandro knocked the officer to the floor and held him down until the others separated them.
After they got to their feet, Velozo took a few steps away and shot Leandro in the forehead. Lo, otherwise a 33-year-old BJJ champion, has won the title of world champion several times. Some of his most significant successes are the World BJJ Championship, the Pan American Cup, and the National BJJ Championship in Brazil.
Many fighters and general people from the MMA world expressed their disbelief and shock over such a brutal murder of a BJJ champion. It's really sad to read things like this, and the only thing that can be done at this time is to express my condolences to the family.
As the Brazilian portal UOL reports, Velozo turned himself into the police on Monday evening, and it turns out that this is not his first incident in nightclubs. In 2017, he was accused of attacking a fellow police officer also in a nightclub, but then he was released and did not spend a single day in prison.
Leandro Lo was one of the best fighters to ever walk the mat. He defeated Gordon Ryan, Gilbert Burns, Felipe Pena, Andre Galvao, and others. He was a true athlete and a true representative of BJJ, so this is a great loss for the entire sport.
Tributes came flooding in after the shocking news of his death.
"The word legend is thrown around way to much in sports but it can’t be thrown around enough when it comes to your name in Jiu Jitsu || Leandro Lo, My heart and prayers to your family my brother.
Rest easy my friend ❤️🙏🏽"
The word legend is thrown around way to much in sports but it can’t be thrown around enough when it comes to your name in Jiu Jitsu || Leandro Lo, My heart and prayers to your family my brother.