Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, a legend in the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has his sights set on a crack at the heavyweight mixed martial arts world title held by ONE, but he is not in a hurry to get it.
The American Top Team and Evolve MMA representative has effectively positioned himself as a strong contender for the heavyweight division’s top prize, and he is currently undefeated in all four of the fights he has had since making his promotional debut in September 2021. His first fight was in the heavyweight class.
Despite this, ‘Buchecha,’ who was a BJJ world champion a record 17 times before joining ONE, prefers to hone his MMA talents even further in order to be prepared for a championship shot whenever it presents itself. Before joining ONE, ‘Buchecha’ competed in ONE Championship, where he won the featherweight division.
The 32-year-old BJJ black belt recently revealed to the South China Morning Post that he will make his comeback to competition on August 5 in Thailand against another heavyweight contender from Senegal named Oumar ‘Reug Reug’ Kane.
ONE Championship is still deciding whether or not to confirm the booking.
In the same interview with the SCMP, “Buchecha” stated that during the upcoming months, he will concentrate on the struggle against “Reug Reug,” and then he will consider his alternatives moving ahead.
“Reug Reug, I have been thinking about him. Then, once that is over, we will discuss the following move to take. I’ve only recently started training in mixed martial arts (MMA), so there’s no need to rush me. I’m going to proceed gently and methodically.”
Take a look at the interview down below:
In his most recent bout, which took place in August at ONE on Prime Video 1, ‘Buchecha’ emerged victorious by first-round submission.
After only 64 seconds of competition, he submitted his opponent, a Belarusian fighter named Kirill Grishenko. It was another quick night of work for the fighter who was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and who has won all of his fights in ONE so far by finishing his opponents within the first round.
‘Reug Reug,’ on the other hand, has been victorious in his most recent two fights and is eager to continue his winning streak.