Two of the best young BJJ prospects in the last decade met in the finals of the Openweight division to close out the 2013 IBJJF Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships. Both Marcus Almeida "Buchecha" and Rodolfo Vieira won their weightclasses and made to the finals of the Absolutes, meaning they both came into the match undefeated for the weekend.
Buchecha, an Ultra Heavyweight, hailing from the BJJ super team Checkmat, while Rodolfo, a Heavyweight, flies the banner of the Grappling Fight Team (GFT). Buchecha has only been a black belt for two short years but has made a major impression, quickly rising the to the top of the sport for his blend of expert technique and awesome athleticism. Just a few years ago the same things were being said about Rodolfo, who made his name taking out black belts in competition while still a brown belt.
Both are extremely well rounded grapplers known for their top game. Buchecha's is a bit more dynamic, while Rodolfo's more pressure based. It was a speed vs power sort of match and below is the play-by-play from T.P. Grant's finals post.
The crowd is going nuts as this match is getting ready to start. Both fighters come out low, and Buchecha goes for an outside double Rodolfo stops it and Buchecha pulls guard. Buchecha gets a very quick sweep, Rodolfo looking for X-guard. Buchecha flattens him out and is in an open guard now.
Buchecha breaks Rodolfo's grips, Rodolfo it sits up, lays back and rolls under for X-guard. Rodolfo looking to get the back, Buchecha now working on a kneebar. Buchecha switches to side control, Rodolfo fighting tooth-and-nail and doesn't give up points, advantage to Buchecha.
Rodolfo gets Buchecha over with a swept, but it is Buchecha who ends up on the back, 6-0 Buchecha. Match half over and Buchecha is looking for a choke. Rodolfo fighting off grips and looking to turn, he stands with Buchecha on his back. Slowly working Buchecha off his back, and into guard. Buchecha drops for a foot and Rodolfo drops with him. And Buchecha black magics his way to the top with two minutes left. Rodolfo putting in spider guard grips, but it is looking more and more futile.
Buchecha steps into mount and now looking for armbar with 30 seconds left. Rodolfo doesn't want easy way out, loses on points.
Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida defeats Rodolfo Vieira by points (9-0)