Francisco Lo has just announced his decision to move to Checkmat, who he will now be representing in competition moving forward. This isn’t the first time that Lo has changed teams, but as with any BJJ competitor, it’s always a big decision and one that will undoubtedly have an impact on their future in the sport. Lo started out training as a child under Karen Dias before moving to Cicero Costha as a purple belt, and it was there that he received brown belt and eventually his black belt in 2022.
Lo has been representing Cicero Costha in competition ever since and he’s put on several very impressive performance on the IBJJF Open circuit. He’s become known for his exciting style and willingness to compete in absolute divisions, despite the fact that he generally competes at medium-heavyweight or even middleweight. Despite only competing at black belt for a little over a year, Lo has already managed to register some impressive submission wins over the likes of Oliver Taza and Adam Wardzinski.
The crowning achievement of Lo’s career to date came quite recently, as he managed to win a gold medal in the medium-heavyweight division of the IBJJF No Gi Pan Championship 2023. It started out as a flawless performance as he submitted all of his first three opponents in order to book his place in the final against Clay Mayfield. He won a decision in that match and cemented his place as a top competitor in the sport, along with guaranteeing himself greater opportunities in the future. Francisco Lo has already been invited to competed in the heavyweight division of The Crown on November 19th, 2023 and this will mark the first time that he officially represents Checkmat in competition.
Francisco Lo announced the news that he would be training at Checkmat and representing them in competition in a recent post to his official Instagram account: