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Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida

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Marcus Almeida, also known as “Buchecha” (or Bochecha), is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Cavaca and a member of the Checkmat academy, being widely regarded as the greatest grappler of his generation and arguably of all time in the sport of BJJ. His reputation is backed by his 5 IBJJF World Championship open weight titles, being the record holder of absolute gold medals at the ‘Mundial’ after breaking Roger Gracie‘s previous record (3) back in 2016.

Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Marcos Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida

Nickname: “Buchecha”, or rather “Bochecha”, means cheek/big cheeks. Marcus’ instructor, Rodrigo Cavaca, nicknamed him Buchecha because when he first started training he was a bit overweight and his cheeks were prominent.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Élcio Figueiredo > Rodrigo Cavaca > Marcus Almeida

Main Achievements

  • ADCC Champion (2017/2013)
  • IBJJF Pro League GP Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2018 / 2017**/2016**/2014**/2013**/2012**)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2011**/2010**)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012**)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2012*/2013*/2014**/2015**)
  • WLPJJ SP Cup Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF Miami Open Champion (2010**)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2018* / 2011)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2011*)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Weight Division: Pesadíssimo (over 100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Double Leg, Toe Hold, Choke from the back.

Team/Association: Checkmat BJJicon

Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida Biography

Marcus Almeida (192cm / 6’3″ tall) was born on the 8th of January, 1990, in a town called Sao Vicente close to Santos in the state of Sao Paulo. As a child Marcus wanted to be a football (soccer) player, but he was not very good at it by his own admission. He then turned his sights on Surfing a sport he practised from a young age.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu only came into “Buchecha’s” life in his mid teens. He was 14 years old when his sister first started training BJJ. Marcus’s father, Mr Cleiton Almeida, was very protective of his daughter, and started accompanying her to class. With time Mr Cleiton started practising himself, and from there it wasn’t long until he was dragging his son Marcus with him. Luckily young Marcus loved Jiu Jitsu from the start and started training every chance he could.

Marcus’s physical abilities helped by the masterful eye of his instructor, BJJ World Champion Rodrigo Cavaca, soon turned Buchecha into one of the most feared athletes in the lower belt divisions, and after successive wins in the “Brasileiro”, Pan American, Sao Paulo Cup, Scandinavian Open and “Mundial”, Almeida received his black belt (while on the podium after his win at the World Championship in 2010), not long after his father was also awarded his black belt in BJJ. He moved to the United States with his master and his team mate Thiago “Baiano” Aragao in 2010 where he confirmed he belonged in the major league of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, winning the World Nogi Tournament later that year, closing the bracket with his “Avengers” team mate, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. After a short spell when he returned to his native Santos in 2011 with his master Cavaca, Buchecha came back to the United States where he started coaching and competing full time.

After this return to the United States (2012), Marcus Buchecha Almeida’s career as a black belt competitor took off to another level with a win in both his weight and the absolute category at the Pan American Championships as well as the World Jiu Jitsu Championships (both with IBJJF). He also fought in the legendary Roger Gracie at the Metamoris Pro Invitational, giving a great display of jiu jitsu, tying the match in submission only rules with the 10x world champion.

Marcus 'Buchecha' Almeida Jiu Jitsu Record

List of Marcus Almeida’s fight results in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling, in the sport’s the most important tournaments since receiving his black belt.

Marcus Almeida Grappling Record

127 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    47 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    68 (54%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

68 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
14
#86e620
Toe hold
10
7
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
7
5
#d1212a
Submission
7
5
#fad11b
RNC
6
4
#f58822
Choke
6
4
#224aba
Kimura
4
3
#ff9124
Inverted triangle
3
2
#bf1f6c
Heel Hook
3
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
2
#fad223
Guillotine
3
2
#03861f
Estima lock
3
2
#039a1f
Triangle
3
2
#03b41f
Kneebar
3
2
#03c61f
Botinha
3
2
#03d61f
Flying Triangle
1
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
1
1
#82ff5f
Mounted X choke
1
1
#a4ff5f
Katagatame
1
1
#dbff5f
Footlock
1
1
Wristlock
1
1
Arm in ezekiel
1
1
Darce choke
1
1
Brabo choke
1
1
Omoplata
1
1
68
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
1
#86e620
Heel hook
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
#d1212a
RNC
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marcus Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2896Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2961Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3120Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3140Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3147Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4620Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
5009Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7273R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
13133Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
13535Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCADCCABSSF2017
2511Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2512Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2583Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2613Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2617Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2863Bruno BastosBruno BastosWMounted X chokePan American100KGF2011
2892Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2895Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2945Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2949Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2957Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3092Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3110Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3294Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3298Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3300James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3323Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3336Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3346Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3362Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3363Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3497Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3506Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3514Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3518Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3620Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3622Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3708Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3778Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3780Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3783Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3785Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3857Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3866Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3867Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3871Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3873Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4095Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4101Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4105Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4107Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4108Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4348James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4453UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4462Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4470Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4474Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4476Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4618UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4619R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4625Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4626Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4629Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4678Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4693Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4701R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4705Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4707Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4768Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4772Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4985Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4991Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
4994Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4996Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5005Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
5007Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5535Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5545Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5553Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5557Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5560Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5602Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5604R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5606Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5628Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5641R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5646Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5648Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5649Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5778Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5781R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5782Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
7039Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
7043R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
7045Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
7067Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
7073Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
7084Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7086Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7239Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7268Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9902Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9904James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9910Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9931Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
9934Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
9938Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
10019Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10020Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10022Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10214Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12247Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12690Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12694Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12696Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
12697Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
12871Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
12873Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
12874Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
13356Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13360Joao RochaJoao RochaWBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13362Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2017
13445A. ZhanpeisovWRNCADCC99+KGE12017
13450Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99+KG4F2017
13454Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0ADCC99+KGSF2017
13456Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
13525M. PerezWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSE12017
13530Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2017
13536Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABS3RD2017
14431Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15656Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
15900Max GimenisMax GimenisWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
15905Otavio NalatiWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
15909Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWKimuraWorld Champ.O100KGSF2018
15911Joao RochaJoao RochaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
15928Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2018
15934Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
15936Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

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