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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)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021*)

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

87 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    52 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

52 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Anaconda choke
13
7
#86e620
Heel hook
13
7
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
5
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
4
#fad11b
Katagatame
8
4
#f58822
Choke
6
3
#224aba
Guillotine
6
3
#ff9124
Choke from back
6
3
#bf1f6c
Americana
4
2
#22c9a5
Footlock
4
2
#fad223
Mounted X choke
2
1
#03861f
Estima lock
2
1
#039a1f
Arm in Ezekiel
2
1
#03b41f
Inside heel hook
2
1
#03c61f
Triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Policeman lock
2
1
#03f61f
RNC
2
1
#82ff5f
Reverse triangle
2
1
#a4ff5f
Toe hook
2
1
#dbff5f
Darce choke
2
1
Toe hold
2
1
Omoplata
2
1
52
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
42 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (24%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

16 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
19
3
#86e620
Inside heel hook
13
2
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
6
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
6
1
#fad11b
Triangle
6
1
#f58822
50/50 armbar
6
1
#224aba
Short choke
6
1
#ff9124
Outside heel hook
6
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
6
1
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#fad223
Kimura
6
1
#03861f
RNC
6
1
#039a1f
Kneebar
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18055Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
18175Josh HingerJosh HingerLKatagatameLong Beach Open88KGF2018
18181Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18386Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18393Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18643Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLTriangleNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18916Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarEuropean Open88KGF2019
19450Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
20034Igor SousaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20656Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20840Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20990Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21829Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
22386Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22665Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22868Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
23101Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 10x4European Open88KG4F2020
23773Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarF2W 14591KGSPF2020
23796Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLOutside heel hook3CG Kumite IVABSSF2020
23879Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaSUBVERSIV 3ABS3RD2020
23911Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLStraight ankle lockKumite 6ABSSF2020
24011Andre GoisAndre GoisLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24163Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2020
24374Vagner RochaVagner RochaLInside heel hookF2W 15783KGSPF2020
24548Jake WatsonJake WatsonLPts: 4x2American Nats88KGSF2020
24573Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
25001Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16084KGSPF2021
25224Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLKimuraF2W 166N/ASPF2021
25938Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
25947Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KGF2021
26260Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 983KGSPF2021
26565Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLRNCWNO 1083KGSPF2021
27571Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionPan American88KG4F2021
28159Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2021
28260Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
29489Fabio AlanoFabio AlanoLDQWorld Champ.88KGR12021
30870Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesLPts: 0x0, AdvLA Open88KGF2022
31615Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLKneebarPan American94KGR22022
34494Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2022
34500Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLPts: 4x2Grand Slam MIA94KGRPC2022
34833Jacob CouchLInside heel hookADCC Vegas91KGF2022
34851Kevin CraneLReferee DecisionADCC VegasABS4F2022
18054Vinny MoraesWMounted X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
18170Daniel HamptonWKneebarLong Beach Open88KG4F2018
18174Gianni CrivelloWPts: 6x4Long Beach Open88KGSF2018
18382Michael ZaniniWN/ANY Fall Open88KGSF2018
18383Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x2, AdvNY Fall Open88KGF2018
18384Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPointsNY Fall OpenABS4F2018
18390Gilvan CostaWN/ANY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18642Victor RodriguesWGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
18908Daniel HamptonWArm in EzekielEuropean Open88KGR12019
18910Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KG4F2019
18914Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWFootlockEuropean Open88KGSF2019
19017Raoul AudhoeWKatagatameWAR SKC2ABSR12019
19019Jack TyleyWRNCWAR SKC2ABS4F2019
19021Ville HeikkonenWAnaconda chokeWAR SKC2ABSSF2019
19022Hygor BritoHygor BritoWEBI/OTWAR SKC2ABSF2019
19743Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19745Anderson FerreiraWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19747Absolao PerezWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19749N/AWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KG4F2019
19752Elias SilverioWPts: 6x0ADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
19753Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
22375Samir AbdolkaderWKneebarLong Beach Open88KGSF2019
22376G. OliveiraWReverse triangleLong Beach Open88KGF2019
22384Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22454Mateo TenzeraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22456Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22471Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22658Lucas MattosWPointsNYC Fall NGO91KGSF2019
22659Todd MueckenheimWPts: 0x0, AdvNYC Fall NGO91KGF2019
22662Benjamin SilvaWPointsNYC Fall NGOABSR12019
22860Jake WatsonJake WatsonWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22866Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
23096Sean CoatesWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR12020
23702Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWReferee DecisionF2W 14084KGSPF2020
23795Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee Decision3CG Kumite IVABS4F2020
23849Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionF2W 14993KGSPF2020
23860Ramiro LeonWKatagatameSUBVERSIV 3ABSR12020
23875Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 3ABSSF2020
23909Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsKumite 6ABS4F2020
23923Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionF2W 15291KGSPF2020
24006Trey PaceWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24016Carlos SouzaWPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24018Felipe SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24019Matheus OliveiraWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KG3RD2020
24155Matheus OliveiraWKatagatamePan American88KGR12020
24161Henrique SilvaWToe hookPan American88KG4F2020
24282Rob LeMasneyWDarce chokeSubversiv 481KGR12020
24544Vinicius WongWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2020
24564Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24569Jose TorresWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24572Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWToe holdAmerican NatsABSSF2020
24591Nathan BarretoWKatagatameAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
24593Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
24604Kevin CaseyWFootlockAmerican NGNABSR12020
24607Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24612Rida HaisamRida HaisamWReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
24613David GarmoDavid GarmoWOmoplataAmerican NGNABSF2020
25725Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionF2W 16983KGSPF2021
26992Bruce XavierWReferee DecisionF2W 17983KGSPF2021
27156Xavier SilvaWAmericanaF2W 18083KGSPF2021
27655Dominique BellDominique BellWReferee DecisionF2W 18383KGSPF2021
28144Charles McGuireWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28152Mateusz FlagaWEstima lockNoGi WorldsABS8F2021
28156Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWInside heel hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
28654Clay MayfieldWChokeNashville NGOABSSF2021
28656Joseph WatsonWGuillotineNashville NGOABSF2021
30429Italo LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvN. Orleans Open94KGSF2022
30452Freddy VosgroneWDQN. Orleans NGOO97KGSF2022
30453David MargrafWPointsN. Orleans NGOO97KGF2022
30865Justin WorkmanWChokeLA Open88KG4F2022
30869Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 7x4LA Open88KGSF2022
30897Dominique BellDominique BellWPts: 2x0LA NGO91KGSF2022
30898Kevin BerbichWAnaconda chokeLA NGO91KGF2022
30900Lucas noratLucas noratWHeel hookLA NGOABS4F2022
30903Miha PerhavecWHeel hookLA NGOABSSF2022
30904Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWHeel hookLA NGOABSF2022
32487Bryan PetersonWArmbarChicago SPO94KGRR2022
32489Marlon FerreiraWTriangleChicago SPO94KGF2022
34662Thiago AndradeWGuillotineJJ Con NG91KGSF2022
34664Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWAnaconda chokeJJ Con NG91KGF2022
34670Ricky RidelaWPoliceman lockJJ Con NGABS4F2022
34674Joshua BacallaoWAmericanaJJ Con NGABSSF2022
34675Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWAnaconda chokeJJ Con NGABSF2022
34822Daishi GotoWPts: 7x0ADCC Vegas91KG8F2022
34827Easton SixelWAnaconda chokeADCC Vegas91KG4F2022
34831Alex LiscanoWAnaconda chokeADCC Vegas91KGSF2022
34843Sean YadimarcoWKneebarADCC VegasABS8F2022

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