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Gabriel Almeida

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Instructional by Alexandre Ribeiro

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)

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

57 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (54%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Katagatame
13
4
#86e620
Heel hook
13
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
10
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
10
3
#f58822
Footlock
6
2
#224aba
Anaconda choke
6
2
#ff9124
Arm in Ezekiel
3
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
3
1
#22c9a5
Reverse triangle
3
1
#fad223
Toe hook
3
1
#03861f
Darce choke
3
1
#039a1f
Toe hold
3
1
#03b41f
Omoplata
3
1
#03c61f
Mounted X choke
3
1
#03d61f
Guillotine
3
1
31
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
3
#86e620
50/50 armbar
8
1
#5AD3D1
Short choke
8
1
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
8
1
#fad11b
Botinha
8
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
8
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
8
1
#ff9124
Katagatame
8
1
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
8
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17982Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
18091Josh HingerJosh HingerLKatagatameLong Beach Open88KGF2018
18097Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18302Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18309Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18554Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLTriangleNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18826Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarEuropean Open88KGF2019
19339Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
19911Igor SousaLPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20528Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20712Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20862Kyle BohemLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21685Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
22233Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22503Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22702Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
22918Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 10x4European Open88KG4F2020
23560Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarF2W 14591KGSPF2020
23583Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLOutside heel hook3CG Kumite IVABSSF2020
23658Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaSUBVERSIVABS3RD2020
23689Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLStraight ankle lockKumite 6ABSSF2020
23787Andre GoisAndre GoisLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
23936Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2020
24139Vagner RochaVagner RochaLInside heel hookF2W 15783KGSPF2020
24307Jake WatsonJake WatsonLPts: 4x2American Nats88KGSF2020
24332Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
24723P. MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16084KGSPF2020
17981Vinny MoraesWMounted X chokeSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
18086Daniel HamptonWKneebarLong Beach Open88KG4F2018
18090Gianni CrivelloWPts: 6x4Long Beach Open88KGSF2018
18298Michael ZaniniWN/ANY Fall Open88KGSF2018
18299Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x2, AdvNY Fall Open88KGF2018
18300Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPointsNY Fall OpenABS4F2018
18306Gilvan CostaWN/ANY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18553Victor RodriguesWGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
18818Daniel HamptonWArm in EzekielEuropean Open88KGR12019
18820Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KG4F2019
18824Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWFootlockEuropean Open88KGSF2019
18925Raoul AudhoeWKatagatameWAR SKC2ABSR12019
18927Jack TyleyWRNCWAR SKC2ABS4F2019
18929Ville HeikkonenWAnaconda chokeWAR SKC2ABSSF2019
18930Hygor BritoHygor BritoWEBI/OTWAR SKC2ABSF2019
19627Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19629Anderson FerreiraWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19631Absolao PerezWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19633N/AWHeel hookADCC SP Trials88KG4F2019
19636Elias SilverioWPts: 6x0ADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
19637Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
22222Samir AbdolkaderWKneebarLong Beach Open88KGSF2019
22223G. OliveiraWReverse triangleLong Beach Open88KGF2019
22231Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22296Mateo TenzeraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22298Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22313Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22496Lucas MattosWPointsNYC Fall NGO91KGSF2019
22497Todd MueckenheimWPts: 0x0, AdvNYC Fall NGO91KGF2019
22500Benjamin SilvaWPointsNYC Fall NGOABSR12019
22694Jake WatsonJake WatsonWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22700Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
22913Sean CoatesWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR12020
23494Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWReferee DecisionF2W 14084KGSPF2020
23582Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee Decision3CG Kumite IVABS4F2020
23632Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionF2W 14993KGSPF2020
23642Ramiro LeonWKatagatameSUBVERSIVABSR12020
23654Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIVABSSF2020
23687Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsKumite 6ABS4F2020
23701Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionF2W 15291KGSPF2020
23782Trey PaceWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
23792Carlos SouzaWPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
23794Felipe SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
23795Matheus OliveiraWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KG3RD2020
23928Matheus OliveiraWKatagatamePan American88KGR12020
23934Henrique SilvaWToe hookPan American88KG4F2020
24047Rob LeMasneyWDarce chokeSubversiv 481KGR12020
24303Vinicius WongWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2020
24323Estevan GarciaWPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24328Jose TorresWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24331Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWToe holdAmerican NatsABSSF2020
24350Nathan BarretoWKatagatameAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
24352Rodrigo MartinsWKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
24361Kevin CaseyWFootlockAmerican NGNABSR12020
24364Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24369Rida HaisamRida HaisamWReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
24370David GarmoDavid GarmoWOmoplataAmerican NGNABSF2020

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