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Gabriel Almeida

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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: Carlos Gracie > Hélio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Rico Vieira/Leo Vieira > Gabriel Almeida

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC São Paulo Trials (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2020**)
  • 1st Place SJJIF World Championship (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2020*)
  • 2nd Place SJJIF World Championship (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)

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)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

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

58 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Katagatame
13
4
#86e620
Heel hook
13
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
3
#fad11b
Choke from back
10
3
#f58822
Footlock
6
2
#224aba
Anaconda choke
6
2
#ff9124
Darce choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
3
1
#22c9a5
Omoplata
3
1
#fad223
Mounted X choke
3
1
#03861f
Guillotine
3
1
#039a1f
Arm in Ezekiel
3
1
#03b41f
RNC
3
1
#03c61f
Reverse triangle
3
1
#03d61f
Toe hook
3
1
31
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
32 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (28%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

14 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
21
3
#86e620
Katagatame
7
1
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
7
1
#d1212a
Triangle
7
1
#fad11b
50/50 armbar
7
1
#f58822
Short choke
7
1
#224aba
Outside heel hook
7
1
#ff9124
Botinha
7
1
#bf1f6c
Straight ankle lock
7
1
#22c9a5
Inside heel hook
7
1
#fad223
Kimura
7
1
#03861f
RNC
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17992Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
18105Josh HingerJosh HingerLKatagatameLong Beach Open88KGF2018
18111Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18316Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18323Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18568Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLTriangleNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18841Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarEuropean Open88KGF2019
19359Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
19933Igor SousaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20552Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20736Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20886Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21711Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
22262Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22532Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22733Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
22956Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 10x4European Open88KG4F2020
23608Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarF2W 14591KGSPF2020
23631Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLOutside heel hook3CG Kumite IVABSSF2020
23709Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaSUBVERSIVABS3RD2020
23740Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLStraight ankle lockKumite 6ABSSF2020
23839Andre GoisAndre GoisLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
23988Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2020
24192Vagner RochaVagner RochaLInside heel hookF2W 15783KGSPF2020
24362Jake WatsonJake WatsonLPts: 4x2American Nats88KGSF2020
24387Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
24798Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16084KGSPF2021
25013Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLKimuraF2W 166N/ASPF2021
25716Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
25725Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KGF2021
26035Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 983KGSPF2021
26331Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLRNCWNO 1083KGSPF2021
17991Vinny MoraesWMounted X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
18100Daniel HamptonWKneebarLong Beach Open88KG4F2018
18104Gianni CrivelloWPts: 6x4Long Beach Open88KGSF2018
18312Michael ZaniniWN/ANY Fall Open88KGSF2018
18313Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x2, AdvNY Fall Open88KGF2018
18314Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPointsNY Fall OpenABS4F2018
18320Gilvan CostaWN/ANY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18567Victor RodriguesWGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
18833Daniel HamptonWArm in EzekielEuropean Open88KGR12019
18835Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KG4F2019
18839Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWFootlockEuropean Open88KGSF2019
18940Raoul AudhoeWKatagatameWAR SKC2ABSR12019
18942Jack TyleyWRNCWAR SKC2ABS4F2019
18944Ville HeikkonenWAnaconda chokeWAR SKC2ABSSF2019
18945Hygor BritoHygor BritoWEBI/OTWAR SKC2ABSF2019
19649Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19651Anderson FerreiraWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19653Absolao PerezWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19655N/AWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KG4F2019
19658Elias SilverioWPts: 6x0ADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
19659Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
22251Samir AbdolkaderWKneebarLong Beach Open88KGSF2019
22252G. OliveiraWReverse triangleLong Beach Open88KGF2019
22260Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22325Mateo TenzeraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22327Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22342Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22525Lucas MattosWPointsNYC Fall NGO91KGSF2019
22526Todd MueckenheimWPts: 0x0, AdvNYC Fall NGO91KGF2019
22529Benjamin SilvaWPointsNYC Fall NGOABSR12019
22725Jake WatsonJake WatsonWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22731Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
22951Sean CoatesWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR12020
23537Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWReferee DecisionF2W 14084KGSPF2020
23630Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee Decision3CG Kumite IVABS4F2020
23683Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionF2W 14993KGSPF2020
23693Ramiro LeonWKatagatameSUBVERSIVABSR12020
23705Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIVABSSF2020
23738Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsKumite 6ABS4F2020
23752Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionF2W 15291KGSPF2020
23834Trey PaceWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
23844Carlos SouzaWPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
23846Felipe SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
23847Matheus OliveiraWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KG3RD2020
23980Matheus OliveiraWKatagatamePan American88KGR12020
23986Henrique SilvaWToe hookPan American88KG4F2020
24100Rob LeMasneyWDarce chokeSubversiv 481KGR12020
24358Vinicius WongWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2020
24378Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24383Jose TorresWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24386Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWToe holdAmerican NatsABSSF2020
24405Nathan BarretoWKatagatameAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
24407Rodrigo MartinsWKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
24418Kevin CaseyWFootlockAmerican NGNABSR12020
24421Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24426Rida HaisamRida HaisamWReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
24427David GarmoDavid GarmoWOmoplataAmerican NGNABSF2020
25508Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionF2W 16983KGSPF2021

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