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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

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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 Grappling Record

71 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

41 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
17
7
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Submission
15
6
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Toe hold
15
6
#d1212a
Choke from back
10
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
5
2
#f58822
Choke
5
2
#224aba
Triangle
5
2
#ff9124
Ezekiel
2
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
2
1
#22c9a5
Kimura lock
2
1
#fad223
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03861f
Heel Hook
2
1
#039a1f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Botinha
2
1
#03c61f
Omoplata
2
1
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Darce choke
2
1
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Wristlock
2
1
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Bow and arrow
2
1
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Footlock
2
1
41
(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
1916Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLN/AWorld Pro.O92kgFinal2011
1961Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2011
2121Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2011
2134Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.Absolute1/4 final2011
2140Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsAbsoluteSemi-f.2011
3178Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100kgFinal2013
3487Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCAbsoluteFinal2013
1718Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92kgSemi f.2010
1719Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92kgFinal2010
1744Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsAbsolute1/4 final2010
1912Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92kg1/4 final2011
1915Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92kgSemi f.2011
1945Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
1949Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
1957Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2011
2093Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2011
2111Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2011
2263Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsAbsoluteRd 22011
2267Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsAbsolute1/4 final2011
2269James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteSemi f.2011
2292Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi WorldsU100kg1/4 final2011
2304Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsU100kgSemi f.2011
2314Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi WorldsU100kgFinal2011
2330Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEAbsoluteSemi f.2011
2331Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEAbsoluteFinal2011
2384Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12012
2393Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22012
2401Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2012
2405Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2505Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100kgSemi f.2012
2507Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100kgFinal2012
2587Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99kgRd 12012
2589Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99kg1/4 final2012
2592Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99kgSemi f.2012
2594Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99kgFinal2012
2652Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
2661Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
2662Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2012
2666Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2012
2668Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2012
2887Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100kgRd 22012
2893Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2012
2897Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2012
2899Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2012
2900Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2984James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92kgFinal2013
3040UnknownWChokePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12013
3049Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22013
3057Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2013
3061Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanAbsolutesemi f.2013
3063Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
3181Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProAbsolute1/4 final2013
3182Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProAbsoluteSemi f.2013
3185Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProAbsoluteFinal2013
3234Flavius LuisWKimura lockWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3249Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3257R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 Final2013
3261Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2013
3263Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2013
3321Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 Final2013
3325Alexander TransAlexander TransWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2013
3464Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99kgRd 12013
3470Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99kg1/4 final2013
3473Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99kgSemi f.2013
3475Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99kgFinal2013
3485Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2013
3872Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.AbsoluteRd 12014
3879Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.Absolute1/4 final2014
3883Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.AbsoluteSemi f.2014
3886Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
3900Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100kgFinal2014
3911Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22014
3924R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 42014
3929Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 Final2014
3931Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2014
3932Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2014
4061Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 Final2014
4064R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2014
4065Alexander 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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