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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

128 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    48 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    68 (53%)
  • 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
Choke
6
4
#f58822
RNC
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
1
1
#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
68
(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
2908Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2974Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3133Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3153Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3165Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 4x0San Diego TrialsO92F2011
3166Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSSF2011
4648Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
5036Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7331R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
13341Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
13776Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCADCCABSSF2017
18726Joao 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
2875Bruno BastosBruno BastosWMounted X chokePan American100KGF2011
2904Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2907Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2958Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2962Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2970Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3105Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3123Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3164Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWPts: 11x0San Diego TrialsO92SF2011
3313Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3317Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3319James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3342Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3355Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3365Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3381Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3382Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3516Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3525Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3533Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3537Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3639Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3641Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3727Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3797Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3799Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3802Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3804Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3876Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3885Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3886Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3890Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3892Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4113Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4119Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4123Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4125Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4126Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4372James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4481UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4490Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4498Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4502Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4504Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4646UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4647R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4653Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4654Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4657Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4706Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4721Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4729R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4733Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4735Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4796Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4800Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5012Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
5018Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
5021Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5023Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5032Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
5034Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5571Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5581Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5589Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5593Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5596Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5638Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5640R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5642Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5664Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5677R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5682Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5684Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5685Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5814Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5817R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5818Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
7095Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
7099R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
7101Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
7123Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
7129Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
7140Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7142Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7297Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7326Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9996Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9998James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10004Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
10025Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10028Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10032Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
10114Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10115Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10117Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10315Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12430Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12887Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12891Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12893Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
12894Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
13068Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13070Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13071Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
13594Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13598Joao RochaJoao RochaWBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13600Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2017
13686A. ZhanpeisovWRNCADCC99+KGE12017
13691Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99+KG4F2017
13695Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0ADCC99+KGSF2017
13697Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
13766M. PerezWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSE12017
13771Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2017
13777Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABS3RD2017
14716Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16008Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16254Max GimenisMax GimenisWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16259Otavio NalatiWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16263Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWKimuraWorld Champ.O100KGSF2018
16265Joao RochaJoao RochaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
16282Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2018
16288Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
16290Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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