Over the years, the term "a heavyweight battle" has transcended the boxing world, and has taken footing in every sport known to man. Used when two elite talents clash in head-to-head competition, with an accolade on the line, it’s a fitting term for when the showdown occurs.
This was the case recently when the 2013 World Championships took place, and in the heavyweight division for the black belt ranks, we got to see the "heavyweights" (no pun intended) battle when Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida and Rodolfo Vieira met to settle a score.
Having met before, with Buchecha claiming victory, Vieira had no intent on dropping yet another match against the highly touted youngster from Brazil.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Royalty
Before getting into the match, you have to understand the type of talent we are witnessing when these two men step onto the mat. They are truly two of BJJ’s elite heavyweight grapplers.
· Marcus Almeida:
o 4x World Champion (Black Belt)
o 4x World Champion (Lower Belts)
o 6x World NoGi Champion
o 4x World Cup Champion
o Pan American Champion
· Rodolfo Vieira:
o 5x World Champion
o 4x World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup
o 2x Pan American
o 2x European Cup
o 4x Brazilian National Cup
That’s some serious hardware right there! It’s one thing to see great talent in action, in which you could easily get caught up in the moment and not fully appreciate the skills on display. However, when you see what they have accomplished written down on paper, it’s outstanding.
With two of the best in the world going at it, which one would add another Gold medal to their already legendary list of accolades?
Buchecha Shines In The Spotlight
Special grapplers aren’t just made from skill, they are judged by their ability to show up and perform when the time is right. That’s exactly what Buchecha Almeida did in the 2013 Worlds against his foe, Rodolfo Vieira.
Finding that his hulking strength—normally the tool that gives him the clear advantage—wasn’t going to cut it, Almeida had to tap into his impressive skills to show Vieira he meant business.
With his featherweight-esque speed, Almeida was able to pass and find dominant positions with ease. When a big man can move in the same manner as Almeida, it makes the sport become that much easier, as it seemed for Marcus that night.
As the momentum grew, and Almeida began asserting his dominant top game, the crowd began to rally behind Buchecha.
Up until the bitter end, Almeida displayed his natural killer instinct. Not to be discounted, Rodolfo showed world class heart, and did not allow Buchecha to submit him.
No matter who you were cheering for, at the end of the day, every fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu won at the end of this match. Check out these extra videos on how Buchecha and Almedia use their techniques at the 2013 World Championship.