ONE heavyweight contender Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida revealed that he had a weird experience while attending the IBJJF worlds as a fan rather than a fighter.
Watching the younger generation continue to evolve the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu after Almeida retired was, to say the least, a pleasant experience for him. Almeida won the world championship of Brazilian jiu-jitsu a total of seventeen times before he retired.
“Buchecha” now has a fresh new perspective on the significance of having fans during bouts, particularly in the 2023 IBJJF worlds, as a result of his transition from the role of the doer to that of the seer.
This week, when speaking to The MMA Superfan, the Brazilian elaborated as follows:
“Yeah, I am quite certain about that. Being able to stand by and observe this time around was a completely new experience for me. It was a nice experience since now I had the sensation that all of my friends used to have for me because they are now cheering, yelling, and fighting with me.
The contributions that Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida has made to the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu are unmatched by the majority of other athletes. In the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he holds several records in both the Gi and No-Gi categories, and he is even the current holder of the Guinness World Record for the most gold medals won in a single sport.
Now, ‘Buchecha’ has pushed the bar even farther by abandoning jiu-jitsu in favor of mixed martial arts and competing in the ONE Championship. Taking the plunge to become an expert in yet another field has proven to be one of the most beneficial moves he could have made for his career.
The Brazilian heavyweight, who does not appear to be slowing down any time soon, is prepared to make his next powerful move within the rankings. After his fight against ‘Reug Reug’ Oumar Kane at ONE Fight Night 13, there is a good chance that he will move up the rankings in the 265-pound class and take either the number one or number two slot. This indicates that he will be in a strong position to challenge for a world title in the near future.