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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: 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 SJJIF World Championship (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place SJJIF World Championship (2018)

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

34 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Heel hook
24
4
#86e620
Anaconda choke
12
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
12
2
#d1212a
Footlock
6
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
6
1
#f58822
RNC
6
1
#224aba
Reverse triangle
6
1
#ff9124
Armbar
6
1
#bf1f6c
Choke from back
6
1
#22c9a5
Mounted X choke
6
1
#fad223
Guillotine
6
1
#03861f
Arm in Ezekiel
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (6%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Gabriel Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17918Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
18027Josh HingerJosh HingerLKatagatameLong Beach Open88KGF2018
18033Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18234Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18241Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18484Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLTriangleNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18754Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarEuropean Open88KGF2019
19254Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
19820Igor SousaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20430Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20610Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11583KGSPF2019
20755Kyle BohemLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21553Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
22063Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22327Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22526Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
22723Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 10x4European Open88KG4F2020
17917Vinny MoraesWMounted X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
18022Daniel HamptonWKneebarLong Beach Open88KG4F2018
18026Gianni CrivelloWPts: 6x4Long Beach Open88KGSF2018
18230Michael ZaniniWN/ANY Fall Open88KGSF2018
18231Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x2, AdvNY Fall Open88KGF2018
18232Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPointsNY Fall OpenABS4F2018
18238Gilvan CostaWN/ANY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18483Victor RodriguesWGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
18746Daniel HamptonWArm in EzekielEuropean Open88KGR12019
18748Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KG4F2019
18752Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWFootlockEuropean Open88KGSF2019
18848Raoul AudhoeWKatagatameWAR SKC2ABSR12019
18850Jack TyleyWRNCWAR SKC2ABS4F2019
18852Ville HeikkonenWAnaconda chokeWAR SKC2ABSSF2019
18853Hygor BritoHygor BritoWEBI/OTWAR SKC2ABSF2019
19539Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19541Anderson FerreiraWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19543Absolao PerezWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19545N/AWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KG4F2019
19548Elias SilverioWPts: 6x0ADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
19549Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
22052Samir AbdolkaderWKneebarLong Beach Open88KGSF2019
22053G. OliveiraWReverse triangleLong Beach Open88KGF2019
22061Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22126Mateo TenzeraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22128Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22143Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22320Lucas MattosWPointsNYC Fall NGO91KGSF2019
22321Todd MueckenheimWPts: 0x0, AdvNYC Fall NGO91KGF2019
22324Benjamin SilvaWPointsNYC Fall NGOABSR12019
22518Jake WatsonJake WatsonWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22524Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
22718Sean CoatesWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR12020
23239Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWReferee DecisionF2W 14084KGSPF2020

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