Legendary jiu-jitsu fighter Leandro Lo was reportedly fatally shot at a concert in Sao Paulo on Sunday.
A lawyer for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion confirmed his 33-year-old client died after being pronounced brain dead from the shooting, according to a report by MMA Fighting.
The murder allegedly took place during a confrontation between Lo and police officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, the outlet reported.
Witnesses said Velozo took a bottle from Los’ table and the militant took down the police officer and held him down, according to the outlet, citing a police report.
After the pair broke up, Velozo allegedly pulled out a gun and fired a round into Lo’s forehead, according to the website.
Lo had dominated the sport since 2011 and won eight world titles – making him one of the most successful jiu-jitsu fighters of all time. He just won another World Cup in California earlier this year, the site reported.
“A very sad day for the BJJ community,” said Kenny Florian, analyst and former UFC fighter tweeted. “Leandro was a legend.”
Additional reporting by Lee Brown
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