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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

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (19%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    44 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

44 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Heel hook
16
7
#86e620
Armbar
11
5
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
9
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
3
#fad11b
Choke
7
3
#f58822
Anaconda choke
7
3
#224aba
Choke from back
7
3
#ff9124
Guillotine
5
2
#bf1f6c
Footlock
5
2
#22c9a5
Darce choke
2
1
#fad223
Toe hold
2
1
#03861f
Omoplata
2
1
#039a1f
Mounted X choke
2
1
#03b41f
Americana
2
1
#03c61f
Estima lock
2
1
#03d61f
Arm in Ezekiel
2
1
#03f61f
Inside heel hook
2
1
#82ff5f
Triangle
2
1
#a4ff5f
RNC
2
1
#dbff5f
Reverse triangle
2
1
Toe hook
2
1
44
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (24%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
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
#039a1f
Kneebar
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18049Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
18169Josh HingerJosh HingerLKatagatameLong Beach Open88KGF2018
18175Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18380Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18387Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18637Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLTriangleNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18910Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarEuropean Open88KGF2019
19444Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
20027Igor SousaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20650Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20834Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20984Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21823Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
22380Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22659Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22862Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
23095Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 10x4European Open88KG4F2020
23767Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarF2W 14591KGSPF2020
23790Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLOutside heel hook3CG Kumite IVABSSF2020
23873Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaSUBVERSIV 3ABS3RD2020
23905Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLStraight ankle lockKumite 6ABSSF2020
24005Andre GoisAndre GoisLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24157Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2020
24368Vagner RochaVagner RochaLInside heel hookF2W 15783KGSPF2020
24542Jake WatsonJake WatsonLPts: 4x2American Nats88KGSF2020
24567Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
24995Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16084KGSPF2021
25216Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLKimuraF2W 166N/ASPF2021
25930Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
25939Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KGF2021
26252Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 983KGSPF2021
26557Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLRNCWNO 1083KGSPF2021
27555Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionPan American88KG4F2021
28143Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2021
28244Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
29471Fabio AlanoFabio AlanoLDQWorld Champ.88KGR12021
30847Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesLPts: 0x0, AdvLA Open88KGF2022
31589Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLKneebarPan American94KGR22022
18048Vinny MoraesWMounted X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
18164Daniel HamptonWKneebarLong Beach Open88KG4F2018
18168Gianni CrivelloWPts: 6x4Long Beach Open88KGSF2018
18376Michael ZaniniWN/ANY Fall Open88KGSF2018
18377Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x2, AdvNY Fall Open88KGF2018
18378Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPointsNY Fall OpenABS4F2018
18384Gilvan CostaWN/ANY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18636Victor RodriguesWGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
18902Daniel HamptonWArm in EzekielEuropean Open88KGR12019
18904Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KG4F2019
18908Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWFootlockEuropean Open88KGSF2019
19011Raoul AudhoeWKatagatameWAR SKC2ABSR12019
19013Jack TyleyWRNCWAR SKC2ABS4F2019
19015Ville HeikkonenWAnaconda chokeWAR SKC2ABSSF2019
19016Hygor BritoHygor BritoWEBI/OTWAR SKC2ABSF2019
19737Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19739Anderson FerreiraWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19741Absolao PerezWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19743N/AWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KG4F2019
19746Elias SilverioWPts: 6x0ADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
19747Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
22369Samir AbdolkaderWKneebarLong Beach Open88KGSF2019
22370G. OliveiraWReverse triangleLong Beach Open88KGF2019
22378Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22448Mateo TenzeraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22450Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22465Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22652Lucas MattosWPointsNYC Fall NGO91KGSF2019
22653Todd MueckenheimWPts: 0x0, AdvNYC Fall NGO91KGF2019
22656Benjamin SilvaWPointsNYC Fall NGOABSR12019
22854Jake WatsonJake WatsonWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22860Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
23090Sean CoatesWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR12020
23696Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWReferee DecisionF2W 14084KGSPF2020
23789Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee Decision3CG Kumite IVABS4F2020
23843Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionF2W 14993KGSPF2020
23854Ramiro LeonWKatagatameSUBVERSIV 3ABSR12020
23869Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 3ABSSF2020
23903Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsKumite 6ABS4F2020
23917Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionF2W 15291KGSPF2020
24000Trey PaceWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24010Carlos SouzaWPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24012Felipe SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24013Matheus OliveiraWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KG3RD2020
24149Matheus OliveiraWKatagatamePan American88KGR12020
24155Henrique SilvaWToe hookPan American88KG4F2020
24276Rob LeMasneyWDarce chokeSubversiv 481KGR12020
24538Vinicius WongWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2020
24558Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24563Jose TorresWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24566Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWToe holdAmerican NatsABSSF2020
24585Nathan BarretoWKatagatameAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
24587Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
24598Kevin CaseyWFootlockAmerican NGNABSR12020
24601Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24606Rida HaisamRida HaisamWReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
24607David GarmoDavid GarmoWOmoplataAmerican NGNABSF2020
25717Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionF2W 16983KGSPF2021
26977Bruce XavierWReferee DecisionF2W 17983KGSPF2021
27140Xavier SilvaWAmericanaF2W 18083KGSPF2021
27639Dominique BellDominique BellWReferee DecisionF2W 18383KGSPF2021
28128Charles McGuireWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28136Mateusz FlagaWEstima lockNoGi WorldsABS8F2021
28140Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWInside heel hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
28638Clay MayfieldWChokeNashville NGOABSSF2021
28640Joseph WatsonWGuillotineNashville NGOABSF2021
30408Italo LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvN. Orleans Open94KGSF2022
30431Freddy VosgroneWDQN. Orleans NGOO97KGSF2022
30432David MargrafWPointsN. Orleans NGOO97KGF2022
30842Justin WorkmanWChokeLA Open88KG4F2022
30846Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 7x4LA Open88KGSF2022
30876Dominique BellDominique BellWPts: 2x0LA NGO91KGSF2022
30877Kevin BerbichWAnaconda chokeLA NGO91KGF2022
30879Lucas noratLucas noratWHeel hookLA NGOABS4F2022
30882Miha PerhavecWHeel hookLA NGOABSSF2022
30883Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWHeel hookLA NGOABSF2022
32457Bryan PetersonWArmbarChicago SPO94KGRR2022
32459Marlon FerreiraWTriangleChicago SPO94KGF2022

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