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Profile of a Champion: Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida

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When it comes to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there are champions and there are super stars. Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida fits both of those categories. “Buchecha” has defeated a who’s who list of Jiu Jitsu champs that includes Andre Galvao, Leandro Lo, Kron Gracie and Keenan Cornelius. Some of his accolades include an ADCC championship in 2013 and World championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at his weight and absolute! Pretty impressive for a guy that hasn’t even reached the age of thirty yet.

“Buchecha” started training BJJ during his teens in Brazil. He trained along with his father and soon fell in love with the art. Under Master Rodrigo Cavaca, he tore through many prestigious tournaments at the lower ranks and in 2010 he received his black belt. Ever since, he has elevated himself as one of the best competitors in all of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in gi and no gi. Due to his well rounded game, “Buchecha” has been able to secure victory in a variety of ways. He has a great understanding of the leg lock game and has won with toe holds, kneebars and Estima locks. Another successful aspect of his game, is that he is excellent with attacks on an opponent’s back, regularly finishing competitors with chokes from that position. And if that wasn’t enough, he has the agility and movement of  a lightweight competitor even though he competes at the super heavyweight class.

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If there was any particular match to showcase “Buchecha’s” talent, it would be a match he didn’t even win…his match against the legendary Roger Gracie at the first Metamoris event. In a match that would end in a draw, “Buchecha” was a monster. He threw everything he had at Gracie, using his physical and technical abilities to outwork  his opponent and dominate the match. Even though the match ended in a draw (due to the rules of Metamoris), everyone could see that there was another legend in the making and that would be Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.

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