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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 BJJ, 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), the first to win 3 in a row.

Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Marcos Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida

Nickname: “Buchecha”, or “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 BJJ

Marcus Buchecha Merchandise

Buchecha RVCA Tshirt (Click here for more details and to Buy)

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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 Grappling Record

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

Marcus Almeida Fight Stats

1 by sub
22 by Points (35%)
2 by Advantages (3%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
38 by Submission (60%)
1 by Decision (2%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Achilles lock (3%)
Achilles lock
7 by Armbar (18%)
1 by Bow and arrow (3%)
Bow and arrow
2 by Choke (5%)
4 by Choke from back (11%)
Choke from back
1 by Darce choke (3%)
Darce choke
1 by Ezekiel (3%)
1 by Flying Triangle (3%)
Flying Triangle
1 by Footlock (3%)
1 by Heel Hook (3%)
Heel Hook
1 by Inverted triangle (3%)
Inverted triangle
1 by Kimura lock (3%)
Kimura lock
2 by Kneebar (5%)
1 by Omoplata (3%)
6 by Submission (16%)
4 by Toe hold (11%)
Toe hold
2 by Triangle (5%)
1 by Wristlock (3%)
2 by Points (33.33%)
0 by Advantages (0%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
3 by Submission (50%)
1 by Decision (16.67%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (33%)
1 by Heel hook (33%)
Heel hook
1 by Submission (33%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1279Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLN/AWorld Pro.O92kgFinal2011
1322Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2011
1482Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2011
1495Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.Absolute1/4 final2011
1501Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsAbsoluteSemi-f.2011
2644Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCAbsoluteFinal2013
1170Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92kgSemi f.2010
1171Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92kgFinal2010
1196Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsAbsolute1/4 final2010
1275Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92kg1/4 final2011
1278Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92kgSemi f.2011
1306Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
1310Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
1318Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2011
1454Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2011
1472Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2011
1612Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsAbsolute2nd2011
1616Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsAbsolute1/4 final2011
1618James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteSemi f.2011
1641Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi WorldsU100kg1/4 final2011
1653Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsU100kgSemi f.2011
1663Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi WorldsU100kgFinal2011
1713Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12012
1722Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22012
1730Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2012
1734Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2012
1833Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100kgSemi f.2012
1835Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100kgFinal2012
1915Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99kgRd 12012
1917Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99kg1/4 final2012
1920Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99kgSemi f.2012
1922Antonio BragaWAchilles lockWorld Pro.O99kgFinal2012
1967Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
1976Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
1977Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2012
1981Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2012
1983Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2012
2202Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100kgRd 22012
2208Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2012
2212Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2012
2214Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2012
2318UnknownWChokePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12013
2327Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22013
2335Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2013
2339Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanAbsolutesemi f.2013
2341Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
2492Flavius LuisWKimura lockWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
2507Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
2515R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 Final2013
2519Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2013
2521Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2013
2577Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 Final2013
2581Alexander TransAlexander TransWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2013
2636Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99kgSemi f.2013
2638Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99kgFinal2013
2642Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2013
2923Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.AbsoluteRd 12014
2927Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.Absolute1/4 final2014
2931Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.AbsoluteSemi f.2014
2934Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
2947Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100kgFinal2014
2958Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd22014
2970R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 42014
2975Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 Final2014
2977Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2014
2978Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2014
3103Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 Final2014
3106R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2014
3107Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2014
*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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