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Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida

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Half Guard Anthology Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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 6 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

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2013 / 2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2012** / 2013** / 2014** / 2016** / 2017** / 2018 / 2019**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2010** / 2011**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2012**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pro League Grand Prix (2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2012* / 2013* / 2014** / 2015**)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2011*)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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

Favorite 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 practiced 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 practicing 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 teammate 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” teammate, 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 Almeida Half Guard Instructional

Marcus Almeida Grappling Record

133 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    50 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    70 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

70 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
20
14
#86e620
Toe hold
10
7
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
9
6
#d1212a
Submission
7
5
#fad11b
RNC
6
4
#f58822
Choke
6
4
#224aba
Kimura
4
3
#ff9124
Kneebar
3
2
#bf1f6c
Botinha
3
2
#22c9a5
Inverted triangle
3
2
#fad223
Heel Hook
3
2
#03861f
Bow and arrow
3
2
#039a1f
Guillotine
3
2
#03b41f
Triangle
3
2
#03c61f
Estima lock
3
2
#03d61f
Brabo choke
3
2
#03f61f
Omoplata
1
1
#82ff5f
Flying Triangle
1
1
#a4ff5f
Mounted X choke
1
1
#dbff5f
Ezekiel
1
1
Katagatame
1
1
Footlock
1
1
Wristlock
1
1
Darce choke
1
1
Arm in ezekiel
1
1
70
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • 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
2914Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2980Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3140Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3160Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3172Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 4x0San Diego TrialsO92F2011
3173Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSSF2011
4655Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
5043Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7341R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
13355Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
13789Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCADCCABSSF2017
18893Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
2512Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2513Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2585Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2615Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2619Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2881Bruno BastosBruno BastosWMounted X chokePan American100KGF2011
2910Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2913Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2964Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2968Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2976Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3112Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3130Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3171Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWPts: 11x0San Diego TrialsO92SF2011
3320Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3324Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3326James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3349Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3362Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3372Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3388Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3389Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3523Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3532Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3540Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3544Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3646Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3648Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3734Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3804Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3806Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3809Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3811Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3883Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3892Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3893Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3897Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3899Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4120Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4126Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4130Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4132Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4133Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4379James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4488UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4497Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4505Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4509Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4511Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4653UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4654R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4660Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4661Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4664Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4713Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4728Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4736R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4740Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4742Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4803Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4807Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5019Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
5025Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
5028Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5030Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5039Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
5041Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5578Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5588Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5596Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5600Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5603Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5645Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5647R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5649Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5671Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5684R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5689Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5691Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5692Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5821Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5824R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5825Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
7105Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
7109R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
7111Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
7133Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
7139Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
7150Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7152Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7307Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7336Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
10006Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10008James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10014Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
10035Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10038Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10042Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
10124Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10125Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10127Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10325Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12444Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12901Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12905Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12907Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
12908Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
13082Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13084Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13085Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
13608Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13612Joao RochaJoao RochaWBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13614Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2017
13700A. ZhanpeisovWRNCADCC99+KGE12017
13705Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99+KG4F2017
13709Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0ADCC99+KGSF2017
13711Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
13779M. PerezWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSE12017
13784Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2017
13790Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABS3RD2017
14770Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16109Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16357Max GimenisMax GimenisWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16362Otavio NalatiWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16366Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWKimuraWorld Champ.O100KGSF2018
16368Joao RochaJoao RochaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
16385Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2018
16391Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
16393Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
20204Thomas McMahonWPts: 11x0World Champ.O100KG4F2019
20205Max GimenisMax GimenisWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGSF2019
20207R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2019
20222Otavio NalatiWPts: 13x0World Champ.ABSR22019
20224Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2019

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