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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 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

138 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    53 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    72 (52%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

72 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
15
#86e620
Toe hold
10
7
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
8
6
#d1212a
RNC
7
5
#fad11b
Submission
7
5
#f58822
Choke
6
4
#224aba
Kimura
4
3
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
3
2
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
3
2
#22c9a5
Triangle
3
2
#fad223
Estima lock
3
2
#03861f
Brabo choke
3
2
#039a1f
Kneebar
3
2
#03b41f
Botinha
3
2
#03c61f
Inverted triangle
3
2
#03d61f
Heel Hook
3
2
#03f61f
Footlock
1
1
#82ff5f
Wristlock
1
1
#a4ff5f
Darce choke
1
1
#dbff5f
Arm in ezekiel
1
1
Omoplata
1
1
Flying Triangle
1
1
Mounted X choke
1
1
Ezekiel
1
1
Katagatame
1
1
72
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (7%)
  • 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
2923Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2989Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3149Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3169Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3181Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 4x0San Diego TrialsO92F2011
3182Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSSF2011
4664Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
5052Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7357R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
13385Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
13819Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCADCCABSSF2017
18946Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
21318Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionADCCO99KGSF2019
21351Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2019
2521Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2522Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2594Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2624Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2628Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2890Bruno BastosBruno BastosWMounted X chokePan American100KGF2011
2919Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2922Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2973Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2977Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2985Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3121Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3139Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3180Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWPts: 11x0San Diego TrialsO92SF2011
3329Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3333Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3335James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3358Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3371Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3381Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3397Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3398Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3532Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3541Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3549Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3553Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3655Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3657Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3743Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3813Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3815Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3818Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3820Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3892Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3901Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3902Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3906Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3908Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4129Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4135Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4139Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4141Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4142Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4388James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4497UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4506Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4514Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4518Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4520Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4662UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4663R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4669Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4670Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4673Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4722Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4737Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4745R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4749Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4751Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4812Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4816Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5028Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
5034Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
5037Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5039Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5048Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
5050Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5587Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5597Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5605Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5609Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5612Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5654Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5656R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5658Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5680Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5693R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5698Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5700Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5701Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5830Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5833R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5834Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
7121Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
7125R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
7127Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
7149Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
7155Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
7166Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7168Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7323Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7352Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
10021Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10023James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10029Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
10050Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10053Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10057Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
10139Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10140Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10142Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10345Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12471Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12930Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12934Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12936Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
12937Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
13111Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13113Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13114Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
13638Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13642Joao RochaJoao RochaWBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13644Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2017
13730A. ZhanpeisovWRNCADCC99+KGE12017
13735Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99+KG4F2017
13739Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0ADCC99+KGSF2017
13741Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
13809M. PerezWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSE12017
13814Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2017
13820Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABS3RD2017
14804Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16143Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16391Max GimenisMax GimenisWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16396Otavio NalatiWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16400Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWKimuraWorld Champ.O100KGSF2018
16402Joao RochaJoao RochaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
16419Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2018
16425Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
16427Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
20266Thomas McMahonWPts: 11x0World Champ.O100KG4F2019
20267Max GimenisMax GimenisWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGSF2019
20269R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2019
20284Otavio NalatiWPts: 13x0World Champ.ABSR22019
20286Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
21257Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KGR12019
21263Victor HugoVictor HugoWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2019
21336K. KirkorianWArmbarADCCABSR12019
21344Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2019
21348Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCADCCABSSF2019

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