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Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida
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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

85 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    49 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

49 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
16
8
#86e620
Toe hold
12
6
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
10
5
#d1212a
Submission
10
5
#fad11b
Choke
4
2
#f58822
Kneebar
4
2
#224aba
Kimura
4
2
#ff9124
Guillotine
4
2
#bf1f6c
Triangle
4
2
#22c9a5
Estima lock
4
2
#fad223
Omoplata
2
1
#03861f
Botinha
2
1
#039a1f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Mata leao
2
1
#03d61f
Cross ck. f/ mount
2
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#82ff5f
Heel Hook
2
1
#a4ff5f
Katagatame
2
1
#dbff5f
Bow and arrow
2
1
Footlock
2
1
Wristlock
2
1
Darce choke
2
1
49
(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
2388Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLN/AWorld Pro.O92KGF2011
2433Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
2592Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
2605Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
2611Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
3769Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4121Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
6005R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2015
2072Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2073Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2157Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2161Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWMata leaoNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2355Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2384Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2387Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2417Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2421Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2429Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2564Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
2582Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
2740Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSRD22011
2744Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
2746James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
2769Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
2781Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
2791Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
2807Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
2808Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
2877Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSRD12012
2886Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSRD22012
2894Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
2898Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3000Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3002Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3114Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGRD12012
3116Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
3119Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3121Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3182Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
3191Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
3192Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
3196Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3198Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
3419Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGRD22012
3425Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
3429Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
3431Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
3432Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3551James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
3620UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSRD12013
3629Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSRD22013
3637Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
3641Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
3643Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
3772Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
3773Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
3776Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
3825Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3840Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3848R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
3852Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
3854Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
3913Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
3917Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4098Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGRD12013
4104Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4107Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4109Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4119Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
4540Luca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSRD12014
4550Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSRD22014
4558Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4562Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
4565Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
4601Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG1/4F2014
4603Ricardo EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
4605Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
4620Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22014
4633R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
4638Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
4640Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
4641Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
4770Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
4773R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
4774Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
5813Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG1/4F2015
5817R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
5819Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
5839Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSRD12015
5845Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSRD22015
5856Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
5858Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
5972Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSUPERF2015
6001Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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