In the Absolute division of the 2013 IBJJF World Championships Marcus Almeida "Buchecha" and Bernardo Faria had a barn burner of a match to advance to the finals to face Rodolfo Vieira.
Buchecha is the defending Absolute world champion and won the Absolutes at the 2013 Pan Jiu Jitsu championships.
Here is Ben Thapa's play-by-play of this match from his compete coverage of Day 1 of the black belt action.
Faria and Almeida carefully circle each other fora while. Faria pulls guard and immediately works to get an omoplata or triangle. Buchecha stands and Faria has to open up, drop down and go for a sit-up sweep. Buchecha now in reverse kesa gatame and Faria has a knee right up in his face. Faria starting to pass a lapel under the leg and Almeida stands. Faria driving for a single leg, but cannot tilt Buchecha yet. Faria drives Buchecha down to the mat! Establishes control!. Now has a potential opportunity to pass, if he can ride out the scramble. Almeida goes for a hip heist and starts doing an oil check to scramble around. Gets to the back on a flattened Faria. Shoves a knee into knee on belly and seems to have gotten points for that. Faria regains half guard.
They rest and are reset in the middle. No action from both. Faria trying to pull up a knee and Almeida sprawls out after thinking about head control. Faria making room for a deep half play and Almeida seems to be pulling in his legs and free the legs. Faria flattened out, but has half guard and a knee grip, which is actually an ankle cuff that has ridden all the way up. Buchecha pops free a foot and nearly gets to mount. Faria somehow manages to keep half guard on a very active Buchecha, who gets an advantage for his work. Faria is down, looking to get back up to sit-up guard or deep half. Buchecha switching sides and trying to overwhelm Faria over the top. Faria grabs a leg and Buchecha grabs a leg in return. Buchecha back steps, but doesn't really go anywhere. Faria trying to keep Buchecha from switching all over the place. Faria trying to take the back in a standing position, but Buchecha is spinning out. Single leg from the knees. Buchecha shoving the head down
Faria pulls Buchecha down! He's up on points now and looking to consolidate and ride out time. Buchecha working a keylock or kneebar! Sweeps him! Nearly passes the guard and gets an advantage for it. Faria has his guard passed again and Buchecha is up majorly on points in what was once a close match. Faria now fending off an armbar, Almeida switches to a farside armbar immediately, which is defended and Almeida keeps scrambling as time runs out. What a gas tank he has! Bernardo Faria came close, but lost momentum after his sweep to go up on points and couldn't deal with the pace.
Rodolfo vs. Buchecha! The match all of us are waiting for!