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Gabriel Almeida is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Ricardo and Leonardo Vieira, having also worked extensively with Eduardo Flexa, while being a representative of the Checkmat team in the sport’s international circuit. Almeida earned the reputation of being one of the top competitors of his generation by conquering medals in important events such as the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World, Pans and European Championships as well as United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) Abu Dhabi Pro.

Gabriel Almeida Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Gabriel Salles Muniz Almeida

Nickname: Gabriel is often referenced as “Todd”, the byname started being used by Almeida’s first coach, Mr. Eduardo Flexa, right at the start of his BJJ training. The reason for the nickname came from Gabriel beginning his BJJ tuition together with his cousin Raphael, the two sharing very similar features, being mistaken as brothers. Gabriel and Raphael were also raised Catholic, and were known as regular churchgoers; given these characteristics coach Flexa (who was known for handing nicknames to all his students) compared the two cousins to The Simpsons characters, Rod and Todd, sons of Ned Flanders. The nickname carried on through Almeida’s career from then on.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (senior) > Hélio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) > Ricardo Vieira (Rico)/Leonardo Vieira (Leozinho) > Gabriel Almeida

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC São Paulo Trials (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Fall Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place SJJIF World Championship (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open Championship (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 blue)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2014 blue, 2018 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Nationals (2014/2016 purple, 2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European No-Gi Open (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ European Open (2018** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2014 Blue, 2016 purple)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Nationals (2017* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017*/2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2014* Blue)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015** purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018* brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Single Leg X

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Gabriel Almeida Biography

Gabriel Almeida was born on June 4, 1992, in Niteroi, a well-known city in southeast Brazil, connected to Rio de Janeiro by a bridge across Guanabara Bay.

During his teenage years, Almeida’s fascination for jiu-jitsu led him to sign on to a grappling gym, Eduardo Flexa being his very first instructor and the man who graded Gabriel with his blue belt.

An outstanding student from the get-go, Almeida’s path became somewhat of an uncommon one in this sport. After coach Eduardo Flexa realized Gabriel’s tremendous potential for grappling and that his small gym was not suited to explore his athleticism to the fullest, he helped and incentivized his student to find a suitable home for progress. They found it in Fight Zone Rio de Janeiro (Checkmat) with Ricardo “Rico” Vieira (an honorable gesture reported by BJJ Heroes in 2014, in the piece “Being a Master“).

From the time he joined Checkmat, Almeida’s accomplishments stacked up, with medals in our sport’s biggest events, both in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF). The two most important governing bodies in BJJ.

With his path closely followed by 3 of the world’s best, Rico and Leonardo Vieira as well as one of the senior Checkmat team members, Thiago Sá, it didn’t come as a surprise when Almeida was accepted by the Rising Stars BJJ scholarship program (May 2018). The initiative aimed to help 5 of the sport’s rising stars in the colored belt divisions, by giving them high-level coaching, a residence, food and an opportunity to earn a living from competing. Almeida was selected from a list of over 1000 candidates and became one of the program’s most familiar faces.

The intense schedule put forward by Rising Stars bore fruit, and on October 13, 2018, Gabriel Almeida was promoted to black belt by his longtime coaches Rico and Leo Vieira.

Gabriel Almeida Grappling Record

21 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (5%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Heel hook
33
4
#86e620
Kneebar
8
1
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
8
1
#d1212a
Arm in ezekiel
8
1
#fad11b
Footlock
8
1
#f58822
Katagatame
8
1
#224aba
RNC
8
1
#ff9124
Anaconda choke
8
1
#bf1f6c
Mounted X choke
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (8%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Guillotine
17
1
#86e620
Triangle
17
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
1
#d1212a
50/50 armbar
17
1
#fad11b
Short choke
17
1
#f58822
Katagatame
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17780Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
17887Josh HingerJosh HingerLKatagatameLong Beach Open88KGF2018
17893Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18087Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18094Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18325Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLTriangleNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18584Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarEuropean Open88KGF2019
19067Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
19627Igor SousaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20220Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20400Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11583KGSPF2019
20539Kyle BohemLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21286Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
17779Vinny MoraesWMounted X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
17882Daniel HamptonWKneebarLong Beach Open88KG4F2018
17886Gianni CrivelloWPts: 6x4Long Beach Open88KGSF2018
18083Michael ZaniniWN/ANY Fall Open88KGSF2018
18084Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x2, AdvNY Fall Open88KGF2018
18085Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPointsNY Fall OpenABS4F2018
18091Gilvan CostaWN/ANY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18324Victor RodriguesWGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
18576Daniel HamptonWArm in ezekielEuropean Open88KGR12019
18578Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KG4F2019
18582Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWFootlockEuropean Open88KGSF2019
18671Raoul AudhoeWKatagatameWAR SKC2ABSR12019
18673Jack TyleyWRNCWAR SKC2ABS4F2019
18675Ville HeikkonenWAnaconda chokeWAR SKC2ABSSF2019
18676Hygor BritoHygor BritoWEBI/OTWAR SKC2ABSF2019
19346Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19348Anderson FerreiraWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19350Absolao PerezWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19352N/AWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KG4F2019
19355Elias SilverioWPts: 6x0ADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
19356Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019

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