First-Year Black Belt Levi Jones-Leary Defeats Gianni Grippo & Lucas Lepri To Win Euros

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Levi Jones-Leary pulled not one, but two upsets to win the lightweight division at Euros yesterday.

Jones-Leary — who’s originally from Sydney, Australia, but currently trains at Unity — earned his black belt under Murilo Santana just seven months ago. But at Euros, he defeated multiple-time UAEJJF World Pro champion Gianni Grippo to make it to the finals. There, he narrowly defeated six-time IBJJF world champion Lucas Lepri by referee decision after the two were evenly matched on points and advantages.

Jones-Leary has multiple big wins at the colored belt levels, including a title at both IBJJF Worlds and the UAEJJF World Pro when he was a brown belt. Having placed second earlier this year at the UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, his victory at Euros is his first major win as a black belt.

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Averi is the managing editor for the Jiu-Jitsu Times. She’s a purple belt under Andre Oliveira of Pura Vida BJJ in Costa Rica and an ambassador for Grapple Apparel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @bjjaveri.

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