The world of MMA enters into expectation with the entry of one of the most decorated athletes in the Brazilian JiuJitsu (BJJ) nowadays, Marcus Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida, or “Buchecha”As he is known among his peers, he has announced that he will make his transition to MMA with the help of Dominance MMA, company of Ali Abdelaziz.
Abdelaziz, is known for representing great names in the sport, such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje, Henry Cejudo, among others. Although he has not yet signed with a particular developer, he is expected to sign a contract with one of the major developers before the end of the year.
Buchecha, he is a fighter of BJJ with record of 138-14 (with 78 submission wins) and is considered by many to be the best fighter today in the field of soft art. Almeida He holds the record for world titles (13) in the black belts. He has been champion of his category and the open category in 6 of the last 8 occasions in the world championships. Among his achievements in sports, the following can be highlighted:
2 times champion of the ADCC World Championship (2013/2017)13 times world champion in the IBJJF World Championship (2012 ** / 2013 ** / 2014 ** / 2016 ** / 2017 ** / 2018/2019 **)4 times IBJJF World Championship No-Gi world champion (2010 ** / 2011 **)2x Pan-American IBJJF Pan Championship champion (2012 **)IBJJF Pro League Grand Prix Champion (2016)
Actually, Buchecha is around 240 pounds, reason why its entrance in the mixed martial arts will be in the division of the heavy weights. So far, some fighters who have toured the circuits of Brazilian JiuJitsu and then made the jump to MMA have excelled. The most recent case is that of Rodolfo VieiraCoincidentally, Buchecha’s biggest rival at BJJ until 2017, who signed with Abdelaziz. So far he is 7-0 with two submission wins over Oskar Piechota and Saparbek Safarov in the middleweight division the UFC.
Unfortunately we will not see a meeting between these two athletes (in case Buchecha reaches the UFC), since Rodolfo is in the middleweight division.