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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

100 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    57 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

57 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
12
#86e620
Toe hold
12
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
9
5
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
5
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
4
2
#f58822
Guillotine
4
2
#224aba
Triangle
4
2
#ff9124
Estima lock
4
2
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Kneebar
4
2
#fad223
Inverted triangle
4
2
#03861f
RNC
4
2
#039a1f
Kimura
4
2
#03b41f
Katagatame
2
1
#03c61f
Footlock
2
1
#03d61f
Wristlock
2
1
#03f61f
Darce choke
2
1
#82ff5f
Omoplata
2
1
#a4ff5f
Botinha
2
1
#dbff5f
Flying Triangle
2
1
Cross ck. f/ mount
2
1
Ezekiel
2
1
Heel Hook
2
1
57
(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
2853Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2915Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3074Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3089Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3096Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4491Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4878Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7033R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2015
2487Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2488Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2559Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2589Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2593Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2820Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2849Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2852Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2899Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2903Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2911Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3046Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
3064Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3233Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3237Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3239James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3262Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
3275Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3285Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3301Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3302Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3429Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3438Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3446Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3450Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3552Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3554Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3640Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3708Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3710Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
3713Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3715Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3779Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3788Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3789Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
3793Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3795Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4018Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4024Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
4028Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4030Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4031Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4243James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4339UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4348Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4356Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4360Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4362Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4489UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG1/4F2013
4490R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4496Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
4497Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4500Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4549Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4564Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4572R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4576Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4578Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4637Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
4641Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4854Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4860Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4863Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4865Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4874Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS1/4F2013
4876Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5373Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5383Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5391Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5395Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5398Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5435Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG1/4F2014
5437R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5439Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5461Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5474R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5479Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
5481Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5482Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5611Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
5614R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5615Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6810Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG1/4F2015
6814R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6816Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
6838Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
6844Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
6855Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6857Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7000Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7029Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9547Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9549James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9555Elliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9576Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
9579Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9583Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
9656Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS1/4F2016
9657Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
9659Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
9830Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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