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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 (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 (2011)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2011*)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Weight Division: Super Pesado (up to 100kg-221lbs)

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

118 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    42 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    65 (55%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

65 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
20
13
#86e620
Toe hold
11
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
8
5
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
5
#fad11b
RNC
6
4
#f58822
Choke
5
3
#224aba
Heel Hook
3
2
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
3
2
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
3
2
#22c9a5
Triangle
3
2
#fad223
Estima lock
3
2
#03861f
Kneebar
3
2
#039a1f
Botinha
3
2
#03b41f
Inverted triangle
3
2
#03c61f
Kimura
3
2
#03d61f
Cross ck. f/ mount
2
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#82ff5f
Katagatame
2
1
#a4ff5f
Footlock
2
1
#dbff5f
Wristlock
2
1
Darce choke
2
1
Arm in ezekiel
2
1
Brabo choke
2
1
Omoplata
2
1
Flying Triangle
2
1
65
(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
Heel hook
25
1
#86e620
Choke from back
25
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
25
1
#d1212a
Armbar
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marcus Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2887Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2952Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3111Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3131Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3138Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4594Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4981Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7205R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
12955Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
13339Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCADCCABSSF2017
2510Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2511Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2582Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2612Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2616Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2854Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2883Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2886Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2936Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2940Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2948Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3083Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3101Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3280Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3284Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3286James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3309Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3322Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3332Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3348Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3349Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3483Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3492Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3500Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3504Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3606Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3608Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3694Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3764Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3766Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3769Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3771Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3843Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3852Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3853Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3857Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3859Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4082Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4088Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4092Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4094Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4095Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4330James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4433UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4442Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4450Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4454Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4456Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4592UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4593R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4599Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4600Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4603Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4652Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4667Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4675R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4679Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4681Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4740Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4744Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4957Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4963Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
4966Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4968Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4977Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
4979Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5494Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5504Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5512Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5516Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5519Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5560Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5562R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5564Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5586Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5599R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5604Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5606Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5607Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5735Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5738R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5739Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6975Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
6979R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6981Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
7003Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
7009Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
7020Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7022Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7171Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7200Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9803Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9805James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9811Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9832Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
9835Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
9839Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
9917Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
9918Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
9920Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10107Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12096Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12527Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12531Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12533Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
12534Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
12708Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
12710Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
12711Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
13159Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GP4FABS2017
13163Joao RochaJoao RochaWBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPSFABS2017
13165Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPFABS2017
13250A. ZhanpeisovWRNCADCC99+KGE12017
13255Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99+KG4F2017
13259Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0ADCC99+KGSF2017
13261Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
13329Mike PerezWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSE12017
13334Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2017
13340Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABS3RD2017
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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