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ONE Championship Selects Leo Vieira As New Vice President Of Grappling

LockerRoom Team
12 May 2022

ONE Championship shared on Wednesday that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Leo Vieira has been appointed as the its Vice President of Grappling.  

The decorated star who won multiple BJJ World Championships throughout his career will step into the role to help the organization bring submission grappling to a global audience.

ONE Championship Chairman and CEO was ecstatic over the news.

“It is my honor to announce that Leo Vieira, one of the most accomplished and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in history, has decided to join ONE Championship as Vice President of Grappling. Leo is a true trailblazer in martial arts, and as we continue to add depth to our grappling roster, his guidance will be invaluable. ONE is proud to continue providing the world’s best martial arts athletes with a platform to showcase their unique talents and skills,” Sityodtong said. 

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ONE has put considerable effort into building its submission grappling ranks over the last several years and has signed some of the sport’s biggest names, including Garry Tonon, Danielle Kelly, and Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.  

Speaking after the announcement, Vieira expressed his excitement of being able to bring his depth of grappling knowledge and experience to the promotion. His goal is to increase the sports awareness while offering athletes an avenue to pursue a professional submission grappling career on a globally recognized platform. 

“I am thrilled to join ONE as Vice President of Grappling. I appreciate the trust and opportunity that Chatri and the ONE team have given me to shape ONE’s submission grappling divisions. As a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt for over 25 years, I have been able to positively impact lives as a competitor, professor, and team leader, and I will continue to do so at ONE. It is a dream come true to work alongside people who share similar values and beliefs about martial arts as I do. I am committed to building the world’s most exciting submission grappling promotion with ONE’s amazingly talented roster,” Leo Vieira said.

Up next, Watch ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot live on Disney+ Hotstar, beginning with the lead card at 2 p.m. India Standard Time (IST) on Friday, 20 May. The main card broadcasts live on Disney+ Hotstar at 6 p.m. IST. 


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