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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

99 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    56 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

56 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
21
12
#86e620
Toe hold
13
7
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
9
5
#d1212a
Submission
9
5
#fad11b
Kneebar
4
2
#f58822
Kimura
4
2
#224aba
RNC
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
Omoplata
2
1
#03b41f
Botinha
2
1
#03c61f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#82ff5f
Cross ck. f/ mount
2
1
#a4ff5f
Heel Hook
2
1
#dbff5f
Katagatame
2
1
Footlock
2
1
Wristlock
2
1
Darce choke
2
1
56
(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
2817Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2879Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3038Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3053Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3060Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4429Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4812Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
6871R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2015
2448Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2449Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2520Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2550Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2554Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2784Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2813Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2816Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2863Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2867Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2875Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3010Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
3028Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3193Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3197Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3199James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3222Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
3235Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3245Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3261Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3262Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3379Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3388Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3396Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3400Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3502Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3504Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3590Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3658Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3660Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
3663Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3665Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3729Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3738Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3739Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
3743Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3745Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
3968Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
3974Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
3978Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
3980Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
3981Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4184James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4279UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4288Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4296Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4300Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4302Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4427UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG1/4F2013
4428R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4434Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
4435Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4438Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4487Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4502Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4510R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4514Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4516Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4575Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
4579Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4788Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4794Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4797Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4799Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4808Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS1/4F2013
4810Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5288Luca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5298Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5306Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5310Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5313Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5349Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG1/4F2014
5351R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5353Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5368Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5381R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5386Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
5388Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5389Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5518Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
5521R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5522Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6653Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG1/4F2015
6657R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6659Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
6679Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
6685Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
6696Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6698Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
6838Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
6867Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9290Joao GabrielWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9292James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9298Elliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9319Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
9322Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9326Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
9391Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS1/4F2016
9392Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
9394Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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