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Meet Marcus Almeida: ONE Championship’s Next Star

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Modern-day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida is set to embark on a new career. Almeida, a Brazilian native, signed a multi-year contract with ONE Championship.

Marcus Almeida just recently announced that he is retiring from BJJ Gi competition and will set his sights on Mixed Martial Arts. The 6-foot-3 Almeida will compete in the heavyweight division.

Almeida is expected to make his MMA debut near the end of 2020 or early in 2021. Almeida’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, announced that Marcus will do his training camps at Evolve MMA in Singapore.


Marcus Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Cavaca and is a member of the Checkmat academy.

“Buchecha” is a 13x Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt World Champion. With a grappling record of 128 wins, Almeida is widely considered as one of the greatest grapplers of all time.

Marcus Almeida is the current record holder of the most prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in the world, winning 6 IBJJF World Championship titles.

Here is a list of Almeida’s greatest 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)
Marcus Almeida

At 30 years old, Marcus Almeida is the most decorated BJJ athlete in history. His announcement to focus on MMA drew excitement for the world of combat sports.

Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida has huge potential in ONE Championship. He will be joining a division that holds the likes of Mauro Cerilli, Alain Ngalani, and the ONE Heavyweight World Champion, Brandon “The Truth” Vera.

Will Marcus Almeida be successful in MMA?!

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