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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

Marcus Almeida MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 2.63

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Erberth Santos W 0 1 1 World RR 2016
Pedro Moura W 2 1 0 World RR 2016
Joao Gabriel Rocha W 3 3 0 World RR 2016
Felipe Pena W 4 2 1 World 4F 2016
Eliot Kelly W 0 1 2 World RR 2016
James Puopolo W 2 1 0 World RR 2016
Joao Gabriel Rocha W 2 0 1 World RR 2017
Mahamed Aly W 3 0 0 World 4F 2017
Tim Spriggs W 3 0 1 ADCC 4F 2017
Igor Schneider W 2 2 0 World RR 2017
A. Zhanpeisov W 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2017
Orlando Sanchez W 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2017
Erberth Santos W 0 0 1 World RR 2017
Leandro Lo W 0 1 0 World RR 2017
Alexandre Ribeiro W 2 0 1 ADCC 4F 2017
Igor Schneider W 3 2 0 World 4F 2017
Roberto Abreu W 0 0 2 ADCC RR 2017
Gustavo Dias W 3 0 0 World RR 2017
Mahamed Aly W 0 1 0 ADCC 3RD 2017
Fellipe Andrew W 3 2 1 World 4F 2018
Rodrigo Ribeiro W 0 1 0 World RR 2018
Max Gimenis W 2 1 0 World RR 2018
Otavio Nalati W 0 0 1 World 4F 2018
Victor Honorio W 2 0 1 World RR 2018
Nicholas Meregali W 1 1 0 World RR 2018
Gordon Ryan L 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2019
Mahamed Aly W 0 2 0 ADCC RR 2019
Braga Neto W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2019
R. Evangelista W 5 0 4 World RR 2019
Victor Hugo W 1 0 0 ADCC 4F 2019
Max Gimenis W 3 1 0 World RR 2019
Otavio Nalati W 2 0 1 World RR 2019
Tex Johnson W 2 0 0 ADCC 4F 2019
Felipe Pena W 0 2 0 World 4F 2019
Keith Krikorian W 5 0 0 ADCC RR 2019
Thomas McMahon W 2 0 1 World 4F 2019

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
Flying Triangle
1
1
#82ff5f
Mounted X choke
1
1
#a4ff5f
Ezekiel
1
1
#dbff5f
Katagatame
1
1
Footlock
1
1
Wristlock
1
1
Darce choke
1
1
Arm in Ezekiel
1
1
Omoplata
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
2924Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 5x0World Pro.O92KGF2011
2990Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3150Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGF2011
3170Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookUltimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3182Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 4x0San Diego TrialsO92F2011
3183Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSSF2011
4666Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
5056Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
7369R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
13474Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017
13911Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCADCCABSSF2017
19241Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
21774Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionADCCO99KGSF2019
21807Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2019
2522Bruno VelosoWPointsWPC Gr TrialsO92KGSF2010
2523Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 4x0WPC Gr TrialsO92KGF2010
2595Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWRNCCopa AmericaABSSF2010
2625Diego HerzogWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2629Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2891Bruno BastosBruno BastosWMounted X chokePan American100KGF2011
2920Braga NetoBraga NetoWToe holdWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
2923Caio AlencarWSubmissionWorld Pro.O92KGSF2011
2974Charles DantasWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2978Fabiano “Pega Leve”WToe HoldWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2986Braga NetoBraga NetoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2011
3122Charles DantasWWristlockWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3140Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWToe holdWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3181Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWPts: 11x0San Diego TrialsO92SF2011
3330Joachim HallanWPts: 24x2No Gi WorldsABSR22011
3334Marcelo GoncalvesWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3336James HarbisonJames HarbisonWToe HoldNo Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3359Alberto VilanovaWTriangleNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2011
3372Joackim HallumWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2011
3382Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds100KGF2011
3398Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3399Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSF2011
3533Marcus AntelantiWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12012
3542Matt JuberaWChokePan AmericanABSR22012
3550Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABS4F2012
3554Kron GracieKron GracieWKneebarPan AmericanABSSF2012
3656Kitner MouraWOmoplataPan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3658Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2012
3744Adrian NaliatoWToe holdGramado TrialsO94KGF2012
3813Mike WilsonWPts: 12x0World Pro.O99KGR12012
3815Thiago SouzaWPts: 2x0World Pro.O99KG4F2012
3818Jose JuniorJose JuniorWArmbarWorld Pro.O99KGSF2012
3820Braga NetoBraga NetoWBotinhaWorld Pro.O99KGF2012
3892Raymond WarrenWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3901Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3902Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
3906Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3908Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 8x4World Champ.ABSF2012
4129Alex SoaresWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4135Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKneebarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2012
4139Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KGSF2012
4141Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2012
4142Roger GracieRoger GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4390James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4499UnknownWChokePan AmericanABSR12013
4508Marcel GoulartWInverted trianglePan AmericanABSR22013
4516Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 19x2Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4520Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x2Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4522Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4664UnknownWPointsWorld ProO100KG4F2013
4665R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0World ProO100KGSF2013
4671Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
4672Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4675Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4724Flavius LuisWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4739Bruno BastosBruno BastosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4747R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWEzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4751Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSSF2013
4753Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
4814Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4818Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5032Jimmy FreidrichWToe holdADCCO99KGR12013
5038Hideki SekineWKimuraADCCO99KG4F2013
5041Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5043Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5052Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABS4F2013
5054Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5597Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWKatagatameWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5607Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWSubmissionWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5615Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5619Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5622Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5664Alan FerreiraWPts: 7x0World Pro.O100KG4F2014
5666R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWN/AWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
5668Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Pro.O100KGF2014
5690Juanes NunesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5703R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD 42014
5708Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWFootlockWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5710Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5711Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
5840Helton NogueiraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG4F2014
5843R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGSF2014
5844Alexander TransAlexander TransWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2014
7133Rodrigo PereiraWChoke from backWorld ProO95KG4F2015
7137R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWGuillotineWorld ProO95KGSF2015
7139Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGF2015
7161Helcio PintoWGuillotineWorld ProABSR12015
7167Erberth SantosErberth SantosWEstima lockWorld ProABSR22015
7178Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7180Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSF2015
7335Gabriel CheccoWEstima lockJJ World LeagueABSSPF2015
7364Alan RegisWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12015
10052Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10054James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10060Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSR22016
10081Pedro MouraWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10084Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10088Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2016
10170Bruno BastosBruno BastosWBow and arrowIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10171Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10173Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2016
10376Eliot MarshalWInverted triangleF2W + MPABSSPF2016
12546Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
13012Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13016Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
13018Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSSF2017
13019Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2017
13193Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 13x7World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13195Joao RochaJoao RochaWArm in EzekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13196Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2017
13730Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13734Joao RochaJoao RochaWBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13736Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSF2017
13822A. ZhanpeisovWRNCADCC99+KGE12017
13827Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99+KG4F2017
13831Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0ADCC99+KGSF2017
13833Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
13901M. PerezWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSE12017
13906Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2017
13912Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABS3RD2017
14938Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16307Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16554Max GimenisMax GimenisWChokeWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16559Otavio NalatiWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16563Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWKimuraWorld Champ.O100KGSF2018
16565Joao RochaJoao RochaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
16582Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS8F2018
16588Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
16590Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
20614Thomas McMahonWPts: 11x0World Champ.O100KG4F2019
20615Max GimenisMax GimenisWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.O100KGSF2019
20617R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGF2019
20632Otavio NalatiWPts: 13x0World Champ.ABSR22019
20634Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
21708Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KGR12019
21714Victor HugoVictor HugoWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2019
21792K. KirkorianWArmbarADCCABSR12019
21800Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2019
21804Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWRNCADCCABSSF2019

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