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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 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 – 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 BJJicon

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 Jiu Jitsu Record

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

Marcus Almeida Grappling Record

71 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

41 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
17
7
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Submission
15
6
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
15
6
#d1212a
Choke from back
10
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
5
2
#f58822
Choke
5
2
#224aba
Triangle
5
2
#ff9124
Ezekiel
2
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
2
1
#22c9a5
Kimura lock
2
1
#fad223
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03861f
Heel Hook
2
1
#039a1f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Botinha
2
1
#03c61f
Omoplata
2
1
#03d61f
Darce choke
2
1
#03f61f
Wristlock
2
1
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Bow and arrow
2
1
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Footlock
2
1
41
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (14%)
  • 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
2056Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLN/AWorld Pro.O92KGF2011
2101Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
2261Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
2274Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
2280Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
3352Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
3670Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
1844Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
1845Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
1873Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2052Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2055Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2085Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2089Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2097Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2233Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
2251Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
2404Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSRD22011
2408Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
2410James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
2433Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
2445Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
2455Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
2471Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
2472Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
2529Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSRD12012
2538Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSRD22012
2546Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
2550Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
2650Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
2652Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
2732Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGRD12012
2734Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
2737Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
2739Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
2797Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
2806Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
2807Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
2811Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
2813Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
3032Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGRD22012
3038Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
3042Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
3044Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
3045Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3149James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
3206UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSRD12013
3215Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSRD22013
3223Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
3227Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
3229Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
3355Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
3356Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
3359Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
3408Flavius LuisWKimura lockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3423Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3431R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
3435Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
3437Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
3495Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
3499Alexander TransAlexander TransWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
3647Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGRD12013
3653Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
3656Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
3658Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
3668Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
4061Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSRD12014
4068Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4072Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
4075Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
4089Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
4100Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22014
4113R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRd 42014
4118Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
4120Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
4121Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
4250Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
4253R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
4254Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
*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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