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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 weight + absolute)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2011/2010 weight + absolute)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 weight + absolute)
  • UAEJJF World Pro Champion (2012/2013 absolute, 2014/2015 weight + absolute)
  • WLPJJ SP Cup Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF Miami Open Champion (2010 weight + absolute)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2011)

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
Estima lock
4
2
#fad223
Triangle
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
2857Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2919Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3078Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3093Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3100Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
4531Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4918Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7117R. 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
2824Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross ck. f/ mountPan American100KGF2011
2853Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG1/4F2011
2856Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2903Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2907Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2915Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3050Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
3068Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3242Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3246Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3248James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3271Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2011
3284Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3294Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3310Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3311Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3442Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3451Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3459Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3463Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3565Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3567Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3653Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3721Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3723Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG1/4F2012
3726Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3728Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3792Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3801Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3802Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
3806Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3808Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4031Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4037Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2012
4041Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4043Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4044Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4275James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4378UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4387Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4395Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4399Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4401Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4529UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG1/4F2013
4530R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4536Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS1/4F2013
4537Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4540Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4589Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4604Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4612R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4616Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4618Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4677Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2013
4681Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
4894Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
4900Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4903Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4905Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4914Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS1/4F2013
4916Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5424Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5434Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5442Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5446Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5449Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5486Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG1/4F2014
5488R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5490Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5512Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5525R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5530Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
5532Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5533Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5662Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2014
5665R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5666Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
6888Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG1/4F2015
6892R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
6894Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
6916Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
6922Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
6933Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6935Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7084Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7113Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
9701Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9703James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9709Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9730Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
9733Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9737Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
9815Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS1/4F2016
9816Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
9818Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10004Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
11953Rafael 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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