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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
Kneebar
3
2
#224aba
Inverted triangle
3
2
#ff9124
Kimura
3
2
#bf1f6c
RNC
3
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
2
#fad223
Guillotine
3
2
#03861f
Estima lock
3
2
#039a1f
Triangle
3
2
#03b41f
Omoplata
2
1
#03c61f
Botinha
2
1
#03d61f
Flying Triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#82ff5f
Cross ck. f/ mount
2
1
#a4ff5f
Heel Hook
2
1
#dbff5f
Katagatame
2
1
Footlock
2
1
Wristlock
2
1
Darce choke
2
1
Arm in ezekiel
2
1
Brabo choke
2
1
61
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
9 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
33
1
#86e620
Heel hook
33
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marcus Almeida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2867Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2929Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3088Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3108Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3115Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4546Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4933Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7132R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
12854Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
2493Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2494Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2565Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2595Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2599Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2834Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2863Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2866Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2913Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2917Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2925Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3060Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3078Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3257Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3261Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3263James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3286Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3299Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3309Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3325Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3326Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3457Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3466Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3474Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3478Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3580Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3582Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3668Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3736Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3738Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3741Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3743Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3807Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3816Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3817Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3821Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3823Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4046Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4052Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4056Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4058Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4059Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4290James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4393UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4402Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4410Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4414Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4416Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4544UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4545R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4551Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4552Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4555Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4604Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4619Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4627R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4631Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4633Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4692Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4696Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4909Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4915Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
4918Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4920Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4929Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
4931Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5440Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5450Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5458Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5462Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5465Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5502Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5504R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5506Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5528Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5541R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5546Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5548Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5549Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5677Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5680R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5681Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6902Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
6906R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6908Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
6930Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
6936Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
6947Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6949Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7098Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7127Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9724Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9726James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9732Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9753Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
9756Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
9760Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
9838Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
9839Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
9841Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10028Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12001Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12433Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12437Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12439Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
12440Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
12614Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
12616Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
12617Gustavo 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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