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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
Anaconda choke
7
3
#fad11b
Choke from back
7
3
#f58822
Choke
7
3
#224aba
Kneebar
7
3
#ff9124
Guillotine
5
2
#bf1f6c
Footlock
5
2
#22c9a5
RNC
2
1
#fad223
Reverse triangle
2
1
#03861f
Toe hook
2
1
#039a1f
Darce choke
2
1
#03b41f
Toe hold
2
1
#03c61f
Omoplata
2
1
#03d61f
Americana
2
1
#03f61f
Mounted X choke
2
1
#82ff5f
Estima lock
2
1
#a4ff5f
Inside heel hook
2
1
#dbff5f
Arm in Ezekiel
2
1
Triangle
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
Short choke
7
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
7
1
#d1212a
Botinha
7
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
7
1
#f58822
Inside heel hook
7
1
#224aba
Kimura
7
1
#ff9124
RNC
7
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
7
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
7
1
#fad223
Guillotine
7
1
#03861f
Triangle
7
1
#039a1f
50/50 armbar
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
20649Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
20833Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20983Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTSubversiv 292KGSPF2019
21822Josh HingerJosh HingerLShort chokeADCC88KGR12019
22379Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22658Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22861Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
23094Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 10x4European Open88KG4F2020
23766Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarF2W 14591KGSPF2020
23789Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLOutside heel hook3CG Kumite IVABSSF2020
23872Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaSUBVERSIV 3ABS3RD2020
23904Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLStraight ankle lockKumite 6ABSSF2020
24004Andre GoisAndre GoisLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24156Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2020
24367Vagner RochaVagner RochaLInside heel hookF2W 15783KGSPF2020
24541Jake WatsonJake WatsonLPts: 4x2American Nats88KGSF2020
24566Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
24994Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16084KGSPF2021
25217Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLKimuraF2W 166N/ASPF2021
25931Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
25940Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KGF2021
26253Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 983KGSPF2021
26558Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLRNCWNO 1083KGSPF2021
27556Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionPan American88KG4F2021
28144Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2021
28245Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
29472Fabio AlanoFabio AlanoLDQWorld Champ.88KGR12021
30848Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesLPts: 0x0, AdvLA Open88KGF2022
31593Pedro 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
22368Samir AbdolkaderWKneebarLong Beach Open88KGSF2019
22369G. OliveiraWReverse triangleLong Beach Open88KGF2019
22377Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22447Mateo TenzeraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22449Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22464Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22651Lucas MattosWPointsNYC Fall NGO91KGSF2019
22652Todd MueckenheimWPts: 0x0, AdvNYC Fall NGO91KGF2019
22655Benjamin SilvaWPointsNYC Fall NGOABSR12019
22853Jake WatsonJake WatsonWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22859Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
23089Sean CoatesWChoke from backEuropean Open88KGR12020
23695Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWReferee DecisionF2W 14084KGSPF2020
23788Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee Decision3CG Kumite IVABS4F2020
23842Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionF2W 14993KGSPF2020
23853Ramiro LeonWKatagatameSUBVERSIV 3ABSR12020
23868Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 3ABSSF2020
23902Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsKumite 6ABS4F2020
23916Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionF2W 15291KGSPF2020
23999Trey PaceWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24009Carlos SouzaWPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24011Felipe SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam MIA85KGRPC2020
24012Matheus OliveiraWChoke from backGrand Slam MIA85KG3RD2020
24148Matheus OliveiraWKatagatamePan American88KGR12020
24154Henrique SilvaWToe hookPan American88KG4F2020
24275Rob LeMasneyWDarce chokeSubversiv 481KGR12020
24537Vinicius WongWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2020
24557Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24562Jose TorresWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24565Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWToe holdAmerican NatsABSSF2020
24584Nathan BarretoWKatagatameAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
24586Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
24597Kevin CaseyWFootlockAmerican NGNABSR12020
24600Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24605Rida HaisamRida HaisamWReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
24606David GarmoDavid GarmoWOmoplataAmerican NGNABSF2020
25718Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionF2W 16983KGSPF2021
26978Bruce XavierWReferee DecisionF2W 17983KGSPF2021
27141Xavier SilvaWAmericanaF2W 18083KGSPF2021
27640Dominique BellDominique BellWReferee DecisionF2W 18383KGSPF2021
28129Charles McGuireWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28137Mateusz FlagaWEstima lockNoGi WorldsABS8F2021
28141Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWInside heel hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
28639Clay MayfieldWChokeNashville NGOABSSF2021
28641Joseph WatsonWGuillotineNashville NGOABSF2021
30409Italo LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvN. Orleans Open94KGSF2022
30432Freddy VosgroneWDQN. Orleans NGOO97KGSF2022
30433David MargrafWPointsN. Orleans NGOO97KGF2022
30843Justin WorkmanWChokeLA Open88KG4F2022
30847Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 7x4LA Open88KGSF2022
30875Dominique BellDominique BellWPts: 2x0LA NGO91KGSF2022
30876Kevin BerbichWAnaconda chokeLA NGO91KGF2022
30878Lucas noratLucas noratWHeel hookLA NGOABS4F2022
30881Miha PerhavecWHeel hookLA NGOABSSF2022
30882Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWHeel hookLA NGOABSF2022
32464Bryan PetersonWArmbarChicago SPO94KGRR2022
32466Marlon FerreiraWTriangleChicago SPO94KGF2022

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