LEGENDARY Jiu-jitsu fighter Leandro Lo has been shot and killed in a brawl after allegedly pinning down an attacker who then pulled his gun.
The 33-year-old was fatally shot at a concert in Sao Paulo and declared brain-dead from the shooting, Lo’s lawyer said.
The killing allegedly took place during a confrontation between Lo and police officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, MMA Fighting reported.
According to witnesses, Velozo grabbed a bottle from Lo’s table and the fighter took him down and held him to the ground, the publication said, citing a police report.
It claims the pair were separated, which is when Velozo allegedly withdrew his gun and fired a round into Lo’s forehead.
The bulky Brazilian has dominated the world of Jiu-jitsu since 2011 and has won right World Championship titles, making him one of the most decorated fighters of the sport of all time.
Lo won another World Championship in California earlier this year.
Tributes have poured in for the sporting legend.
Former UFC fighter Kenny Florian tweeted: “A very sad day for the BJJ community. Leandro was a legend.”
Combat sports analyst Luke Thomas shared a simple “oh my god”.
UFC commentator John Gooden wrote: “Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Leandro Lo. One of the greatest Jiu-jitsu players ever.
“Absolutely tragic. My condolences to his family and friends.