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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/chubby 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: 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**)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2019*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2011*)
  • 3rd Place ADCC World Championship (2017*)

* 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

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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
Inverted triangle
3
2
#bf1f6c
Heel Hook
3
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
2
#fad223
Guillotine
3
2
#03861f
Triangle
3
2
#039a1f
Estima lock
3
2
#03b41f
Brabo choke
3
2
#03c61f
Kneebar
3
2
#03d61f
Botinha
3
2
#03f61f
Ezekiel
1
1
#82ff5f
Mounted X choke
1
1
#a4ff5f
Katagatame
1
1
#dbff5f
Footlock
1
1
Wristlock
1
1
Darce choke
1
1
Arm in Ezekiel
1
1
Omoplata
1
1
Flying Triangle
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
2928Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2994Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3154Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3174Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3186Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 4x0San Diego TrialsO92F2011
3187Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSSF2011
4675Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
5065Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7388R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
13498Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
13936Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCADCCABSSF2017
19317Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
21871Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionADCCO99KGSF2019
21904Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2019
2526Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2527Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2599Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2629Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2633Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2895Bruno BastosBruno BastosWMounted X chokePan American100KGF2011
2924Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2927Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2978Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2982Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2990Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3126Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3144Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3185Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWPts: 11x0San Diego TrialsO92SF2011
3336Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3340Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3342James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3365Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3378Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3388Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3404Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3405Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3539Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3548Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3556Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3560Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3662Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3664Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3750Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3819Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3821Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3824Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3826Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3898Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3907Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3908Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3912Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3914Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4135Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4141Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4145Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4147Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4148Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4396James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4509UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4518Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4525Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4529Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4531Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4673UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4674R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4680Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4681Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4684Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4733Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4748Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4756R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4760Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4762Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4823Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4827Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5041Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
5047Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
5050Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5052Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5061Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
5063Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5612Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5622Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5630Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5634Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5637Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5679Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5681R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5683Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5705Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5718R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5723Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5725Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5726Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5855Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5858R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5859Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
7152Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
7156R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
7158Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
7180Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
7186Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
7197Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7199Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7354Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7383Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
10071Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10073James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10079Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
10100Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10103Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10107Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
10189Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10190Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10192Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10395Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12570Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
13036Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13040Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
13042Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
13043Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
13217Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13219Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in EzekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13220Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
13755Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13759Joao RochaJoao RochaWBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13761Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2017
13847A. ZhanpeisovWRNCADCCO99KGE12017
13852Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCCO99KG4F2017
13856Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0ADCCO99KGSF2017
13858Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KGF2017
13926M. PerezWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSE12017
13931Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2017
13937Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABS3RD2017
14975Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16350Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16597Max GimenisMax GimenisWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16602Otavio NalatiWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16606Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWKimuraWorld Champ.O100KGSF2018
16608Joao RochaJoao RochaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
16625Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2018
16631Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
16633Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
20702Thomas McMahonWPts: 11x0World Champ.O100KG4F2019
20703Max GimenisMax GimenisWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGSF2019
20705R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2019
20720Otavio NalatiWPts: 13x0World Champ.ABSR22019
20722Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
21804Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KGR12019
21810Victor HugoVictor HugoWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2019
21889Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianWArmbarADCCABSR12019
21897Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2019
21901Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCADCCABSSF2019

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