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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 grappling, 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), and the first to win 3 in a row.

Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Marcos Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida

Nickname: “Buchecha”, or rather “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 UAEJJ (2012, 2013 absolute, 2014 and 2015 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 BJJicon

Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida Biography

Marcus Almeida (192cm / 6’3″ tall) 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 Jiu Jitsu Record

List of Marcus Almeida’s fight results in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling, in the sport’s the most important tournaments since receiving his black belt.

Marcus Almeida Grappling Record

90 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    51 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

51 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
16
8
#86e620
Toe hold
14
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
10
5
#d1212a
Choke from back
10
5
#fad11b
Guillotine
4
2
#f58822
Triangle
4
2
#224aba
Estima lock
4
2
#ff9124
Choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
2
#22c9a5
RNC
4
2
#fad223
Kimura
4
2
#03861f
Katagatame
2
1
#039a1f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03b41f
Footlock
2
1
#03c61f
Wristlock
2
1
#03d61f
Darce choke
2
1
#03f61f
Omoplata
2
1
#82ff5f
Botinha
2
1
#a4ff5f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#dbff5f
Inverted triangle
2
1
Cross ck. f/ mount
2
1
Ezekiel
2
1
Heel Hook
2
1
51
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Armbar
33
1
#86e620
Heel hook
33
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marcus Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2798Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2860Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3019Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3034Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3041Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4406Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4784Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
6838R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2015
2446Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2447Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2518Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2548Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2552Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2765Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2794Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2797Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2844Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2848Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2856Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2991Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
3009Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3174Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3178Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3180James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3203Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
3216Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3226Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3242Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3243Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3360Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3369Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3377Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3381Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3483Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3485Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3571Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3639Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3641Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
3644Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3646Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3707Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3716Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3717Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
3721Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3723Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
3945Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
3951Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
3955Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
3957Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
3958Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4161James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4256UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4265Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4273Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4277Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4279Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4404UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG1/4F2013
4405R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4411Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
4412Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4415Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4464Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4479Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4487R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4491Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4493Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4552Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
4556Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4760Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4766Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4769Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4771Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4780Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS1/4F2013
4782Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5257Luca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5267Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5275Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5279Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5282Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5318Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG1/4F2014
5320R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5322Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5337Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5350R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5355Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
5357Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5358Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5487Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
5490R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5491Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6620Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG1/4F2015
6624R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6626Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
6646Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
6652Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
6663Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6665Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
6805Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
6834Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

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