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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 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 or Submission Wrestling on the most important tournaments on the sport’s calendar. since receiving his black belt.

Marcus Almeida Grappling Record

79 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    46 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

46 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
15
7
#86e620
Submission
13
6
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
13
6
#d1212a
Choke from back
11
5
#fad11b
Guillotine
4
2
#f58822
Estima lock
4
2
#224aba
Kneebar
4
2
#ff9124
Choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
Triangle
4
2
#22c9a5
Darce choke
2
1
#fad223
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03861f
Footlock
2
1
#039a1f
Heel Hook
2
1
#03b41f
Kimura
2
1
#03c61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#03d61f
Kimura lock
2
1
#03f61f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#82ff5f
Wristlock
2
1
#a4ff5f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#dbff5f
Omoplata
2
1
Botinha
2
1
46
(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
2193Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLN/AWorld Pro.O92KGF2011
2238Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
2398Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
2411Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
2417Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
3497Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
3829Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
1982Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
1983Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2011Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2189Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2192Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2222Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2226Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2234Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2370Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
2388Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
2541Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSRD22011
2545Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
2547James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
2570Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
2582Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
2592Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
2608Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
2609Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
2671Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSRD12012
2680Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSRD22012
2688Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
2692Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
2792Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
2794Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
2874Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGRD12012
2876Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
2879Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
2881Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
2942Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
2951Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
2952Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
2956Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
2958Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
3177Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGRD22012
3183Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
3187Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
3189Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
3190Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3294James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
3351UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSRD12013
3360Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSRD22013
3368Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
3372Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
3374Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
3500Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
3501Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
3504Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
3553Flavius LuisWKimura lockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3568Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3576R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
3580Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
3582Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
3640Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
3644Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
3806Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGRD12013
3812Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
3815Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
3817Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
3827Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
4225Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSRD12014
4232Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4236Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
4239Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
4253Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
4268Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22014
4281R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
4286Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
4288Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
4289Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
4418Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
4421R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
4422Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
5444Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG1/4F2015
5448R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
5450Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
5470Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSRD12015
5476Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSRD22015
5487Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
5489Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
5578Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSUPERF2015
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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