17-time Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida is a current unbeaten ONE Championship heavyweight mixed martial arts contender and a former world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has done and seen all there is to do and see in the sport of BJJ. But ‘Buchecha’ claims that ever since he made the switch to mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2021, he has had an entirely new perspective on grappling.
There are obvious and significant distinctions between pure Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) grappling and mixed martial arts (MMA) grappling due to the fact that the latter permits numerous forms of striking while the former does not.
According to what ‘Buchecha’ said in a recent interview, this event had a significant impact on the sport of grappling. During his appearance as a special guest on the Jaxxon podcast, Almeida shared his thoughts on grappling as follows:
“I notice a lot of positions that I used to do in the past, and now I find myself wondering, ‘How come I never changed it back then?’ Because of this, I look at jiu-jitsu in a whole different light now.
Below is a snippet from the most recent podcast episode:
It is generally agreed upon that “Buchecha” is one of the greatest competitors who has ever participated in the sport of jiu-jitsu, if not the greatest. Therefore, the fact that he admitted to learning new things about the martial art after changing to mixed martial arts (MMA) leads us to believe that the 32-year-old fighter still has a long way to go before he has accomplished everything he is capable of in his career.
When Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida enters the ring for his next challenge in the ONE Championship, fans won’t have to look very far to get a glimpse of what he’s capable of doing in a fight. In the heavyweight bout that will be shown on Prime Video as part of ONE Fight Night 13: Allazov vs. Grigorian, Almeida will compete against Oumar ‘Reug Reug’ Kane, a Senegalese wrestling sensation.
On Friday, August 4, the event will be presented in real time via live transmission from the illustrious Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. Fans in the United States and Canada who have a current membership to Amazon Prime Video will have access to every minute of the action at no additional cost.