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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
Submission
7
5
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
5
#fad11b
RNC
6
4
#f58822
Choke
6
4
#224aba
Kimura
4
3
#ff9124
Heel Hook
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
3
2
#03c61f
Inverted triangle
3
2
#03d61f
Mounted X choke
1
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
1
1
#82ff5f
Katagatame
1
1
#a4ff5f
Footlock
1
1
#dbff5f
Wristlock
1
1
Darce choke
1
1
Arm in ezekiel
1
1
Brabo choke
1
1
Omoplata
1
1
Flying Triangle
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
3134Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3154Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3166Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 4x0San Diego TrialsO92F2011
3167Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSSF2011
4649Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
5037Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7335R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
13348Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
13782Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCADCCABSSF2017
18854Joao 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
3106Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3124Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3165Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWPts: 11x0San Diego TrialsO92SF2011
3314Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3318Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3320James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3343Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3356Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3366Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3382Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3383Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3517Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3526Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3534Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3538Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3640Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3642Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3728Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3798Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3800Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3803Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3805Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3877Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3886Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3887Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3891Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3893Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4114Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4120Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4124Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4126Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4127Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4373James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4482UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4491Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4499Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4503Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4505Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4647UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4648R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4654Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4655Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4658Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4707Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4722Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4730R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4734Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4736Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4797Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4801Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5013Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
5019Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
5022Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5024Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5033Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
5035Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5572Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5582Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5590Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5594Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5597Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5639Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5641R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5643Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5665Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5678R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5683Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5685Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5686Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5815Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5818R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5819Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
7099Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
7103R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
7105Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
7127Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
7133Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
7144Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7146Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7301Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7330Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
10000Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10002James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10008Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
10029Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10032Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10036Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
10118Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10119Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10121Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10319Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12437Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12894Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12898Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12900Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
12901Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
13075Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13077Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13078Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
13601Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13605Joao RochaJoao RochaWBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13607Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2017
13693A. ZhanpeisovWRNCADCC99+KGE12017
13698Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99+KG4F2017
13702Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0ADCC99+KGSF2017
13704Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
13772M. PerezWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSE12017
13777Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2017
13783Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABS3RD2017
14758Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16093Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16341Max GimenisMax GimenisWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16346Otavio NalatiWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16350Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWKimuraWorld Champ.O100KGSF2018
16352Joao RochaJoao RochaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
16369Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2018
16375Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
16377Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

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