right side photo via Jude Abadi via Lo’s own instagram
Lo has been on an epic tear this year. Longtime considered one of the most interesting competitors to watch Lo has been steadily climbing and working his way upto being the king of absolute. To accomplish this goal he has bulked considerably.
ADCC West Coast Trials saw him step into a very interesting match, and one that would have a very hard time coming together if not for the injury of one of all time GOATs Braulio Estima.
As luck would have it 21 year old king of grappling call outs Gordon Ryan got a chance to step onto the mats and test his skill against the IBJJF power Lo. Lo ended up winning on points 4×0 having scored 2 takedowns.
Lo recently spoke about the impromptu match to tatame:
“It was good to have made this fight happen, since this is a year of the ADCC and I was invited. My opponent changed on the day of match because of an injury – Braulio Estima injured himself during the warm-up. I faced a guy who is accustomed to fighting without a kimono and who has been achieving great results. But the important thing was that everything went well and I left with the victory, “said Lo.
Lo pulled out of World Pro last minute to take care of a knee injury and to make sure he’s at his best for the Brazilians and the Worlds:
“I preferred not to fight in Abu Dhabi to be cleared to the Brazilian and to the World Cup,” explained the black belt.
Lo is quite apparent about his aspirations to win the absolute division of the Worlds. After all he has been on a wining streak from 2012 until 2016.
Lo went on to credit the huge change in his built to his work with a nutritionist:
“Since being with a nutritionist, I have felt much better. I managed to gain weight and I still have a good stamina. I will grapple in all the championships of the season among the heavyweights, but my focus is the absolute Worlds. This is the title I want the most in my career, “