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Marcus Almeida “Buchecha”

Marcus Almeida, also known as ‘Buchecha’ (or Bochecha), is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Cavaca who is one of the stars of the super and ultra heavyweight divisions of the sport. Before completing his twentieth birthday Buchecha was already revered as the “Next Big Thing” in BJJ, a claim he confirmed with successive podium achievements in the black belt divisions, including a double win (weight and open weight division) at the 2012 2013 and 2014 world championship, having become in the process, only the second man to win 3 open weight world championships (the other being Roger Gracie), the first to win 3 in a row.

Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Marcos Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida

Nickname: “Buchecha”, or “Bochecha”, means cheek/big cheeks. Marcus’ instructor, Rodrigo Cavaca, nicknamed him Buchecha because when he first started training he was a bit overweight and his cheeks were prominent.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Élcio Figueiredo > Rodrigo Cavaca > Marcus Almeida

Main Achievements

  • ADCC Champion (2013)
  • World Champion (2014, 2013, 2012 weight & absolute)
  • World Nogi Champion (2011, 2010 weight & absolute)
  • Pan American Champion (2012 weight and absolute)
  • World Pro Cup Champion – WJJPC (2012, 2013 absolute, 2014 weight & absolute)
  • SP Cup Champion (2010 WLPJJ)
  • Miami Open Champion (2010 weight & absolute)
  • World Silver Medallist (2011)

Weight Division: Super Pesado (up to 100kg-221lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Double Leg, Toe Hold, Choke from the back.

Team/Association: Checkmat BJJ

Marcus Buchecha Merchandise

Buchecha RVCA Tshirt (Click here for more details and to Buy)

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Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida Biography

Marcus Almeida was born on the 8th of January, 1990, in a town called Sao Vicente close to Santos in the state of Sao Paulo. As a child Marcus wanted to be a football (soccer) player, but he was not very good at it by his own admission. He then turned his sights on Surfing a sport he practised from a young age.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu only came into “Buchecha’s” life in his mid teens. He was 14 years old when his sister first started training BJJ. Marcus’s father, Mr Cleiton Almeida, was very protective of his daughter, and started accompanying her to class. With time Mr Cleiton started practising himself, and from there it wasn’t long until he was dragging his son Marcus with him. Luckily young Marcus loved Jiu Jitsu from the start and started training every chance he could.

Marcus’s physical abilities helped by the masterful eye of his instructor, BJJ World Champion Rodrigo Cavaca, soon turned Buchecha into one of the most feared athletes in the lower belt divisions, and after successive wins in the “Brasileiro”, Pan American, Sao Paulo Cup, Scandinavian Open and “Mundial”, Almeida received his black belt (while on the podium after his win at the World Championship in 2010), not long after his father was also awarded his black belt in BJJ. He moved to the United States with his master and his team mate Thiago “Baiano” Aragao in 2010 where he confirmed he belonged in the major league of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, winning the World Nogi Tournament later that year, closing the bracket with his “Avengers” team mate, Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu. After a short spell when he returned to his native Santos in 2011 with his master Cavaca, Buchecha came back to the United States where he started coaching and competing full time.

After this return to the United States (2012), Marcus Buchecha Almeida’s career as a black belt competitor took off to another level with a win in both his weight and the absolute category at the Pan American Championships as well as the World Jiu Jitsu Championships (both with IBJJF). He also fought in the legendary Roger Gracie at the Metamoris Pro Invitational, giving a great display of jiu jitsu, tying the match in submission only rules with the 10x world champion.

Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida Grappling Record

List of Marcus Almeida’s fight results in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Submission Wrestling on (arguably) the most important tournaments on the sport’s calendar. since receiving his black belt.

Abraham MarteWPts: 10x0WJJPC NJ-100kgSemi final2011
Wagner RochaWPts: 6x4WJJPC NJ-100kgFinal2011
Leandro LoWPts: 6x6, Ad 2x4PanamericanoAbsoluteSemi final2011
C. CalasansWPts: 9x7PanamericanoAbsoluteFInal2011
Fabiano SchernerWToe holdMundialAbsoluteRd 12011
Braga NetoWBow & ArrowMundialAbsolute¼ Final2011
Rodolfo VieiraLArmbarMundialAbsoluteSemi Final2011
Charles DantasWMata LeãoMundial-100kg¼ Final2011
Peinado WToe HoldMundial-100kgSemi Final2011
Leo NogueiraLRef. DecisionMundial-100kgFinal2011
Vinny MagalhaesLToe holdUltimate NYCAbsoluteRd 12011
J. HarbisonWToe holdWorlds No GiAbsoluteSemi final*2011
Peinado WDarce chokeWorlds No GiU100kgFinal2011
Andre CamposWBow & ArrowWPJJC TrialsWPJJC Trials¼ Final2012
Fabiano SchernerWPts: 11x0WPJJC SDU100kgSemi final2012
Braga NetoWPts: 4x0WPJJC SDU100kgFinal2012
Adrian NaliatoWToe holdWPJJC GrU100kgSemi final2012
Leo NogueiraWPointsWPJJC GrU100kgFinal2012
Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22012
Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 32012
Nurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanAbsolute¼ Final2012
Kron GracieWKnee barPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi final*2012
Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi final2012
Alex TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2012
Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0WPJJC Finals-100kgRd12012
Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0WPJJC Finals-100kg¼ Final2012
Jose JuniorWArmbarWPJJC Finals-100kgSemi final2012
Braga NetoWToe holdWPJJC Finals-100kgFinal2012
Raymond WarrenWArmbarMundialAbsoluteRd 22012
TussaWFlying triangleMundialAbsoluteRd 32012
RodolfoWPts: 8x7MundialAbsolute¼ Final2012
Bernardo FariaWChoke f backMundialAbsoluteSemi final2012
Leo NogueiraWPts: 8x4MundialAbsoluteFinal2012
Alex SoaresWSubmissionMundial-100kgRd 22012
Igor SilvaWKnee barMundial-100kg¼ Final2012
Marcio CruzWPts: 4x2Mundial-100kgSemi final2012
Leo LeiteWArmbarMundial-100kgFinal2012
Roger GracieD--MetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
N/AWChokePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12013
Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22013
Guto CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanAbsolute¼ Final2013
Bernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteSemi final2013
Andre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
Gustavo EliasW--Pan American+100kgSemi final2013
Alex TransWPointsPan American+100kgFinal2013
R. CavacaWPointsWJJPC Finals+100kgFinal2013
T. HumphreysWPts: 4x0WJJPC FinalsAbsoluteSemi final2013
RodolfoWPts: 4x2WJJPC FinalsAbsoluteFinal2013
Flavius LuisWKimuraMundialAbsoluteRd 22013
Bruno BastosWTriangleMundialAbsoluteRd 32013
R. EvangelistaWEzekielMundialAbsolute¼ Final2013
Bernardo FariaWPts: 7x4MundialAbsoluteSemi final2013
RodolfoWPts: 10x0MundialAbsoluteFinal2013
Igor SilvaWArmbarMundial+100kg¼ Final2013
Alex TransWReferee Dec.Mundial+100kgSemi final*2013
Cyborg AbreuWPointsADCC+99kgSemi Final2013
Joao RochaWHeel HookADCC+99kgFinal2013
Dean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCAbsoluteSemi Final2013
Cyborg AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCAbsoluteFinal2013
Luca AnacorletaWEzekiel f backWJJPC FinalsAbsoluteRd 22014
V. EstimaWChoke f backWJJPC FinalsAbsoluteRd 32014
C. CalasansWPts: 8x2WJJPC FinalsAbsolute¼ Final2014
Keenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2 Ad 2x1WJJPC FinalsAbsoluteSemi final2014
RodolfoWPts: 2x0WJJPC FinalsAbsoluteFinal2014
Alex TransWPts: 2x0WJJPC Finals+99kgFinal2014
Helton NogueiraWArmbarMundial+100kg¼ Final2014
R. EvangelistaWChoke f backMundial+100kgSemi final2014
Alexander TransWChoke f backMundial+100kgFinal2014
Juanes NunesWArmbarMundialAbsoluteRd 22014
R. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4 ad 1x0MundialAbsoluteRd 32014
PreguiçaWFootlockMundialAbsolute¼ Final2014
Keenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4MundialAbsoluteSemi final2014
Rodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0MundialAbsoluteFinal2014
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

Marcus Almeida vs Roger Gracie

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