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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 4 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 (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

101 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    37 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    57 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

57 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
12
#86e620
Toe hold
12
7
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
9
5
#d1212a
Submission
9
5
#fad11b
Inverted triangle
4
2
#f58822
RNC
4
2
#224aba
Kimura
4
2
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
4
2
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
4
2
#22c9a5
Triangle
4
2
#fad223
Estima lock
4
2
#03861f
Choke
4
2
#039a1f
Kneebar
4
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
Omoplata
2
1
57
(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
2865Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2927Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3086Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3106Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3113Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4544Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4931Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7130R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2015
2491Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2492Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2563Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2593Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2597Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2832Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2861Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2864Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2911Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2915Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2923Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3058Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
3076Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3255Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3259Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3261James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3284Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
3297Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3307Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3323Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3324Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3455Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3464Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3472Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3476Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3578Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3580Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3666Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3734Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3736Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
3739Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3741Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3805Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3814Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3815Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
3819Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3821Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4044Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4050Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
4054Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4056Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4057Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4288James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4391UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4400Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4408Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4412Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4414Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4542UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG1/4F2013
4543R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4549Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
4550Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4553Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4602Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4617Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4625R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4629Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4631Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4690Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
4694Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4907Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4913Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4916Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4918Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4927Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS1/4F2013
4929Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5437Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5447Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5455Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5459Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5462Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5499Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG1/4F2014
5501R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5503Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5525Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5538R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5543Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
5545Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5546Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5675Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
5678R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5679Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6901Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG1/4F2015
6905R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6907Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
6929Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
6935Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
6946Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6948Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7097Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7126Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9714Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9716James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9722Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9743Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
9746Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9750Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
9828Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS1/4F2016
9829Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
9831Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10018Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
11985Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
*Closed final with team mate. No fight.

Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira

Marcus Almeida vs Claudio Calasans

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