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Leandro Lo chokes out UFC lightweight Gilbert Burns at Copa Podio

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Erik Engelhart

Gilbert Burns’ return to the jiu-jitsu mats didn’t go as he expected.

Fresh off a first-round submission victory over Christos Giagos at UFC 179, the Brazilian lightweight returned to Copa Podio on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a submission-only, no-time limit jiu-jitsu match against fellow BJJ world champion Leandro Lo.

Burns, who was 3-0 against Lo in grappling competition, nearly secured a leglock, but Lo was able to survive. After 20 minutes of action, Lo tapped "Durinho" with a cross collar choke.

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