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Marcus Almeida, also known as “Buchecha” (or Bochecha), is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Cavaca and a member of the Checkmat academy, being widely regarded as the greatest grappler of his generation and arguably of all time in the sport of BJJ. His reputation is backed by his 4 IBJJF World Championship open weight titles, being the record holder of absolute gold medals at the ‘Mundial’ after breaking Roger Gracie‘s previous record (3) back in 2016.

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)
  • IBJJF Pro League GP Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2016/2014/2013/2012 weight + absolute)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2011/2010 weight + absolute)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 weight + absolute)
  • UAEJJF World Pro Champion (2012/2013 absolute, 2014/2015 weight + absolute)
  • WLPJJ SP Cup Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF Miami Open Champion (2010 weight + absolute)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (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
Choke from back
9
5
#d1212a
Submission
9
5
#fad11b
Inverted triangle
4
2
#f58822
RNC
4
2
#224aba
Kimura
4
2
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
4
2
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
4
2
#22c9a5
Estima lock
4
2
#fad223
Triangle
4
2
#03861f
Choke
4
2
#039a1f
Kneebar
4
2
#03b41f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#03d61f
Cross ck. f/ mount
2
1
#03f61f
Heel Hook
2
1
#82ff5f
Katagatame
2
1
#a4ff5f
Footlock
2
1
#dbff5f
Wristlock
2
1
Darce choke
2
1
Omoplata
2
1
Botinha
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
2857Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2919Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3078Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3093Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3100Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4527Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4914Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7097R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2015
2491Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2492Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2563Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2593Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2597Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2824Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2853Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2856Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2903Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2907Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2915Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3050Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
3068Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3242Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3246Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3248James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3271Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
3284Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3294Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3310Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3311Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3440Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3449Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3457Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3461Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3563Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3565Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3651Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3719Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3721Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
3724Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3726Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3790Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3799Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3800Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
3804Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3806Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4029Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4035Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
4039Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4041Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4042Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4272James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4375UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4384Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4392Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4396Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4398Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4525UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG1/4F2013
4526R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4532Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
4533Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4536Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4585Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4600Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4608R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4612Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4614Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4673Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
4677Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4890Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4896Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4899Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4901Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4910Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS1/4F2013
4912Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5414Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5424Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5432Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5436Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5439Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5476Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG1/4F2014
5478R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5480Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5502Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5515R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5520Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
5522Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5523Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5652Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
5655R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5656Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6868Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG1/4F2015
6872R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6874Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
6896Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
6902Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
6913Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6915Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7064Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7093Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9642Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9644James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9650Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9671Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
9674Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9678Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
9754Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS1/4F2016
9755Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
9757Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
9935Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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