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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
Footlock
4
2
#22c9a5
Americana
4
2
#fad223
Estima lock
2
1
#03861f
Arm in Ezekiel
2
1
#039a1f
Inside heel hook
2
1
#03b41f
Triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Policeman lock
2
1
#03d61f
RNC
2
1
#03f61f
Reverse triangle
2
1
#82ff5f
Toe hook
2
1
#a4ff5f
Darce choke
2
1
#dbff5f
Toe hold
2
1
Omoplata
2
1
Mounted X choke
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
Guillotine
6
1
#d1212a
Triangle
6
1
#fad11b
50/50 armbar
6
1
#f58822
Short choke
6
1
#224aba
Outside heel hook
6
1
#ff9124
Botinha
6
1
#bf1f6c
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#22c9a5
Kimura
6
1
#fad223
RNC
6
1
#03861f
Kneebar
6
1
#039a1f
Katagatame
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
19451Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
20036Igor SousaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20658Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20842Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20992Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21832Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
22399Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22679Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22882Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
23115Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 10x4European Open88KG4F2020
23792Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarF2W 14591KGSPF2020
23815Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLOutside heel hook3CG Kumite IVABSSF2020
23898Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaSUBVERSIV 3ABS3RD2020
23930Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLStraight ankle lockKumite 6ABSSF2020
24031Andre GoisAndre GoisLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24183Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2020
24395Vagner RochaVagner RochaLInside heel hookF2W 15783KGSPF2020
24569Jake WatsonJake WatsonLPts: 4x2American Nats88KGSF2020
24594Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
25022Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16084KGSPF2021
25246Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLKimuraF2W 166N/ASPF2021
25965Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
25974Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KGF2021
26288Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 983KGSPF2021
26593Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLRNCWNO 1083KGSPF2021
27599Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionPan American88KG4F2021
28188Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2021
28289Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
29520Fabio AlanoFabio AlanoLDQWorld Champ.88KGR12021
30942Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesLPts: 0x0, AdvLA Open88KGF2022
31688Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLKneebarPan American94KGR22022
34617Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2022
34623Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLPts: 4x2Grand Slam MIA94KGRPC2022
34956Jacob CouchJacob CouchLInside heel hookADCC Vegas91KGF2022
34973Kevin 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
19744Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19746Anderson FerreiraWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19748Absolao PerezWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19750N/AWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KG4F2019
19753Elias SilverioWPts: 6x0ADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
19754Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
22388Samir AbdolkaderWKneebarLong Beach Open88KGSF2019
22389G. OliveiraWReverse triangleLong Beach Open88KGF2019
22397Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22467Mateo TenzeraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22469Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22484Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22672Lucas MattosWPointsNYC Fall NGO91KGSF2019
22673Todd MueckenheimWPts: 0x0, AdvNYC Fall NGO91KGF2019
22676Benjamin SilvaWPointsNYC Fall NGOABSR12019
22874Jake WatsonJake WatsonWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22880Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
23110Sean CoatesWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR12020
23721Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWReferee DecisionF2W 14084KGSPF2020
23814Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee Decision3CG Kumite IVABS4F2020
23868Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionF2W 14993KGSPF2020
23879Ramiro LeonWKatagatameSUBVERSIV 3ABSR12020
23894Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 3ABSSF2020
23928Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsKumite 6ABS4F2020
23942Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionF2W 15291KGSPF2020
24026Trey PaceWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24036Carlos SouzaWPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24038Felipe SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24039Matheus OliveiraWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KG3RD2020
24175Matheus OliveiraWKatagatamePan American88KGR12020
24181Henrique SilvaWToe hookPan American88KG4F2020
24302Rob LeMasneyWDarce chokeSubversiv 481KGR12020
24565Vinicius WongWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2020
24585Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24590Jose TorresWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24593Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWToe holdAmerican NatsABSSF2020
24612Nathan BarretoWKatagatameAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
24614Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
24625Kevin CaseyWFootlockAmerican NGNABSR12020
24628Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24633Rida HaisamRida HaisamWReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
24634David GarmoDavid GarmoWOmoplataAmerican NGNABSF2020
25748Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionF2W 16983KGSPF2021
27020Bruce XavierWReferee DecisionF2W 17983KGSPF2021
27184Xavier SilvaWAmericanaF2W 18083KGSPF2021
27682Dominique BellDominique BellWReferee DecisionF2W 18383KGSPF2021
28173Charles McGuireWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28181Mateusz FlagaWEstima lockNoGi WorldsABS8F2021
28185Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWInside heel hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
28685Clay MayfieldWChokeNashville NGOABSSF2021
28687Joseph WatsonWGuillotineNashville NGOABSF2021
30494Italo LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvN. Orleans Open94KGSF2022
30517Freddy VosgroneWDQN. Orleans NGOO97KGSF2022
30518David MargrafWPointsN. Orleans NGOO97KGF2022
30937Justin WorkmanWChokeLA Open88KG4F2022
30941Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 7x4LA Open88KGSF2022
30969Dominique BellDominique BellWPts: 2x0LA NGO91KGSF2022
30970Kevin BerbichWAnaconda chokeLA NGO91KGF2022
30972Lucas noratLucas noratWHeel hookLA NGOABS4F2022
30975Miha PerhavecWHeel hookLA NGOABSSF2022
30976Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWHeel hookLA NGOABSF2022
32569Bryan PetersonWArmbarChicago SPO94KGRR2022
32571Marlon FerreiraWTriangleChicago SPO94KGF2022
34785Thiago AndradeWGuillotineJJ Con NG91KGSF2022
34787Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWAnaconda chokeJJ Con NG91KGF2022
34793Ricky RidelaWPoliceman lockJJ Con NGABS4F2022
34797Joshua BacallaoWAmericanaJJ Con NGABSSF2022
34798Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWAnaconda chokeJJ Con NGABSF2022
34945Daishi GotoWPts: 7x0ADCC Vegas91KG8F2022
34950Easton SixelWAnaconda chokeADCC Vegas91KG4F2022
34954Alex LiscanoWAnaconda chokeADCC Vegas91KGSF2022
34966Sean YadimarcoWKneebarADCC VegasABS8F2022

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