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Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida
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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 (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

108 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    39 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    61 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

61 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
13
#86e620
Toe hold
11
7
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
8
5
#d1212a
Submission
8
5
#fad11b
Choke
5
3
#f58822
Inverted triangle
3
2
#224aba
RNC
3
2
#ff9124
Kimura
3
2
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
3
2
#22c9a5
Guillotine
3
2
#fad223
Triangle
3
2
#03861f
Estima lock
3
2
#039a1f
Kneebar
3
2
#03b41f
Botinha
2
1
#03c61f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Cross ck. f/ mount
2
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#82ff5f
Heel Hook
2
1
#a4ff5f
Katagatame
2
1
#dbff5f
Footlock
2
1
Wristlock
2
1
Darce choke
2
1
Arm in ezekiel
2
1
Brabo choke
2
1
Omoplata
2
1
61
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Armbar
33
1
#86e620
Heel hook
33
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marcus Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2864Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2926Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3085Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3105Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3112Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4543Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4930Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7128R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
2490Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2491Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2562Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2592Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2596Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2831Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2860Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2863Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2910Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2914Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2922Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3057Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3075Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3254Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3258Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3260James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3283Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3296Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3306Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3322Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3323Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3454Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3463Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3471Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3475Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3577Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3579Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3665Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3733Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3735Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3738Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3740Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3804Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3813Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3814Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3818Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3820Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4043Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4049Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4053Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4055Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4056Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4287James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4390UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4399Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4407Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4411Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4413Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4541UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4542R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4548Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4549Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4552Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4601Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4616Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4624R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4628Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4630Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4689Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4693Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4906Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4912Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
4915Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4917Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4926Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
4928Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5436Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5446Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5454Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5458Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5461Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5498Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5500R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5502Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5524Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5537R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5542Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5544Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5545Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5673Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5676R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5677Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6899Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
6903R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6905Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
6927Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
6933Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
6944Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6946Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7095Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7124Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9712Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9714James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9720Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9741Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
9744Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
9748Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
9826Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
9827Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
9829Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10016Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
11985Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12414Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12418Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12420Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
12421Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
12595Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
12597Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
12598Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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