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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

101 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    65 (64%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

65 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Anaconda choke
14
9
#86e620
Heel hook
11
7
#5AD3D1
Armbar
11
7
#d1212a
Kneebar
9
6
#fad11b
Guillotine
9
6
#f58822
Katagatame
6
4
#224aba
Choke
5
3
#ff9124
RNC
5
3
#bf1f6c
Choke from back
5
3
#22c9a5
Americana
3
2
#fad223
Inside heel hook
3
2
#03861f
Footlock
3
2
#039a1f
Darce choke
2
1
#03b41f
Toe hold
2
1
#03c61f
Omoplata
2
1
#03d61f
Mounted X choke
2
1
#03f61f
Estima lock
2
1
#82ff5f
Arm in Ezekiel
2
1
#a4ff5f
Triangle
2
1
#dbff5f
Policeman lock
2
1
Shoulder lock
2
1
Reverse triangle
2
1
Toe hook
2
1
65
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
44 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

17 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
18
3
#86e620
Inside heel hook
12
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
12
2
#d1212a
Katagatame
6
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
6
1
#f58822
Triangle
6
1
#224aba
50/50 armbar
6
1
#ff9124
Short choke
6
1
#bf1f6c
Outside heel hook
6
1
#22c9a5
Botinha
6
1
#fad223
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#03861f
Kimura
6
1
#039a1f
Kneebar
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18071Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
18191Josh HingerJosh HingerLKatagatameLong Beach Open88KGF2018
18197Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18402Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18409Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18659Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLTriangleNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18932Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarEuropean Open88KGF2019
19469Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
20054Igor SousaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20676Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20860Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
21010Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21853Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
22420Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22699Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22902Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
23135Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 10x4European Open88KG4F2020
23812Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarF2W 14591KGSPF2020
23835Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLOutside heel hook3CG Kumite IVABSSF2020
23918Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaSUBVERSIV 3ABS3RD2020
23950Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLStraight ankle lockKumite 6ABSSF2020
24051Andre GoisAndre GoisLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24206Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2020
24418Vagner RochaVagner RochaLInside heel hookF2W 15783KGSPF2020
24592Jake WatsonJake WatsonLPts: 4x2American Nats88KGSF2020
24617Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
25045Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16084KGSPF2021
25269Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLKimuraF2W 166N/ASPF2021
25988Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
25997Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KGF2021
26311Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 983KGSPF2021
26616Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLRNCWNO 1083KGSPF2021
27622Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionPan American88KG4F2021
28211Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2021
28312Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
29547Fabio AlanoFabio AlanoLDQWorld Champ.88KGR12021
30972Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesLPts: 0x0, AdvLA Open88KGF2022
31718Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLKneebarPan American94KGR22022
34664Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2022
34670Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLPts: 4x2Grand Slam MIA94KGRPC2022
35004Jacob CouchJacob CouchLInside heel hookADCC Vegas91KGF2022
35021Kevin CraneLReferee DecisionADCC VegasABS4F2022
47331C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLRNCADCC BRA 188KGF2024
47676Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionADCC BRA288KGF2024
18070Vinny MoraesWMounted X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
18186Daniel HamptonWKneebarLong Beach Open88KG4F2018
18190Gianni CrivelloWPts: 6x4Long Beach Open88KGSF2018
18398Michael ZaniniWN/ANY Fall Open88KGSF2018
18399Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x2, AdvNY Fall Open88KGF2018
18400Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPointsNY Fall OpenABS4F2018
18406Gilvan CostaWN/ANY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18658Victor RodriguesWGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
18924Daniel HamptonWArm in EzekielEuropean Open88KGR12019
18926Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KG4F2019
18930Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWFootlockEuropean Open88KGSF2019
19035Raoul AudhoeWKatagatameWAR SKC2ABSR12019
19037Jack TyleyWRNCWAR SKC2ABS4F2019
19039Ville HeikkonenWAnaconda chokeWAR SKC2ABSSF2019
19040Hygor BritoHygor BritoWEBI/OTWAR SKC2ABSF2019
19762Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19764Anderson FerreiraWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19766Absolao PerezWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19768N/AWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KG4F2019
19771Elias SilverioWPts: 6x0ADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
19772Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
22409Samir AbdolkaderWKneebarLong Beach Open88KGSF2019
22410G. OliveiraWReverse triangleLong Beach Open88KGF2019
22418Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22488Mateo TenzeraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22490Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22505Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22692Lucas MattosWPointsNYC Fall NGO91KGSF2019
22693Todd MueckenheimWPts: 0x0, AdvNYC Fall NGO91KGF2019
22696Benjamin SilvaWPointsNYC Fall NGOABSR12019
22894Jake WatsonJake WatsonWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22900Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
23130Sean CoatesWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR12020
23741Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWReferee DecisionF2W 14084KGSPF2020
23834Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee Decision3CG Kumite IVABS4F2020
23888Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionF2W 14993KGSPF2020
23899Ramiro LeonWKatagatameSUBVERSIV 3ABSR12020
23914Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 3ABSSF2020
23948Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsKumite 6ABS4F2020
23962Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionF2W 15291KGSPF2020
24046Trey PaceWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24056Carlos SouzaWPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24058Felipe SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24059Matheus OliveiraWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KG3RD2020
24198Matheus OliveiraWKatagatamePan American88KGR12020
24204Henrique SilvaWToe hookPan American88KG4F2020
24325Rob LeMasneyWDarce chokeSubversiv 481KGR12020
24588Vinicius WongWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2020
24608Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24613Jose TorresWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24616Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWToe holdAmerican NatsABSSF2020
24635Nathan BarretoWKatagatameAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
24637Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
24648Kevin CaseyWFootlockAmerican NGNABSR12020
24651Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24656Rida HaisamRida HaisamWReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
24657David GarmoDavid GarmoWOmoplataAmerican NGNABSF2020
25771Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionF2W 16983KGSPF2021
27043Bruce XavierWReferee DecisionF2W 17983KGSPF2021
27207Xavier SilvaWAmericanaF2W 18083KGSPF2021
27705Dominique BellDominique BellWReferee DecisionF2W 18383KGSPF2021
28196Charles McGuireWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28204Mateusz FlagaWEstima lockNoGi WorldsABS8F2021
28208Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWInside heel hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
28708Clay MayfieldWChokeNashville NGOABSSF2021
28710Joseph WatsonWGuillotineNashville NGOABSF2021
30523Italo LimaItalo LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvN. Orleans Open94KGSF2022
30546Freddy VosgroneWDQN. Orleans NGOO97KGSF2022
30547David MargrafWPointsN. Orleans NGOO97KGF2022
30967Justin WorkmanWChokeLA Open88KG4F2022
30971Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 7x4LA Open88KGSF2022
30999Dominique BellDominique BellWPts: 2x0LA NGO91KGSF2022
31000Kevin BerbichWAnaconda chokeLA NGO91KGF2022
31002Lucas noratLucas noratWHeel hookLA NGOABS4F2022
31005Miha PerhavecWHeel hookLA NGOABSSF2022
31006Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWHeel hookLA NGOABSF2022
32608Bryan PetersonWArmbarChicago SPO94KGRR2022
32610Marlon FerreiraWTriangleChicago SPO94KGF2022
34832Thiago AndradeWGuillotineJJ Con NG91KGSF2022
34834Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWAnaconda chokeJJ Con NG91KGF2022
34840Ricky RidelaWPoliceman lockJJ Con NGABS4F2022
34844Joshua BacallaoWAmericanaJJ Con NGABSSF2022
34845Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWAnaconda chokeJJ Con NGABSF2022
34993Daishi GotoWPts: 7x0ADCC Vegas91KG8F2022
34998Easton SixelWAnaconda chokeADCC Vegas91KG4F2022
35002Alex LiscanoWAnaconda chokeADCC Vegas91KGSF2022
35014Sean YadimarcoWKneebarADCC VegasABS8F2022
39163Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusWKneebarSanta Cruz O94KGSF2023
39165Filipe PimentelWArmbarSanta Cruz O94KGF2023
46607Marlon TanakaWGuillotineAustin WNGO91KGF2024
46609Joshua BacallaoWShoulder lockAustin WNGOABSF2024
47300Jorge AlvarezWAnaconda chokeADCC BRA 188KGR12024
47310Eduardo AndradeWAnaconda chokeADCC BRA 188KGR22024
47319Gabriel BrodGabriel BrodWRNCADCC BRA 188KG8F2024
47326Matheus LutesMatheus LutesWRNCADCC BRA 188KG4F2024
47330Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWArmbarADCC BRA 188KGSF2024
47648Alex LiscanoWPts: 2x0ADCC BRA288KGR12024
47656Juan CruzWInside heel hookADCC BRA288KGR22024
47664Eduardo AndradeWKneebarADCC BRA288KG8F2024
47671Lucas BernardesWGuillotineADCC BRA288KG4F2024
47675Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWGuillotineADCC BRA288KGSF2024

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