“A 10,000-mile walk begins with a single step and continues one step at a time.” Rickson Gracie perfectly summarises the long-awaited and highly-anticipated ONE Championship debut of Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida.
The 31-year-old from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been one of the most talked-about prospects in ONE Championship yet to make his MMA debut. Buchecha is a phenom of BJJ, having competed against the biggest names in the sport. He changed his attention to MMA as far back as 2015, although it took until July 30, 2020, for Almeida to sign a multi-year contract with ONE Championship.
Buchecha is a 1st-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rodrigo Cavaca.
He’s a master of his craft, winning golds in ADCC,13 World Championship golds, 6 World Cup golds, and 2 World Grand Prix golds.
Buchecha is also a gold winner in No-Gi and the PAN American Championship. Nobody can argue that the man is a winner. The question is, how does this relate to MMA? As if his BJJ credentials aren’t enough, Buchecha has been mastering his craft at AKA since 2014, with names such as Khabib Nurmagomedov and heavyweight greats in Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez.
Since 2020 he has been training with America Top Team, home to names such as Dustin Poirier, Jorge Masvidal, and Kayla Harrison. Buchecha is signed to Dominance MMA under the watchful eye of the breeder of champions Ali Abdelaziz. Love him or hate him, Ali knows a champion when he sees one. Buchecha has all the attributes needed and has surrounded himself with the right people to be a huge star in MMA.
When Will Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida Make His Debut?
Buchecha makes his debut at ONE Revolution on Friday, September 24th, 2021. He will go up against Norwegian heavyweight Thomas Narmo, who is fresh from his no-contest against Alain Ngalani. Fans will be hoping to see Buchecha step into the circle for the first time after two previous matchmaking attempts fell through against Oumar Kane and Kang Ji Won.
As previously stated, Buchecha is a physical specimen who has deadly BJJ skills. One would suspect that he will use those BJJ skills to make a statement in his pro debut. Narmo had a difficult time against fan-favorite Ngalani. Although it finished in a no-contest after an accidental low blow, the Norwegian failed to find any real success in the opening 2 rounds against the older man.
I believe that Buchecha will use all his tools and get a 1st round submission victory. The Brazilian should successfully step on the first rung of the ladder to ONE Championship heavyweight glory.
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