2012 Pan Jiu Jitsu
Kron Gracie vs Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida
We introduced Kron here in his last match at brown belt, but this match ranks as one of my favorites of his.
His opponent is Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida (Buchecha means ‘big cheeks’ in Portuguese), who without a doubt is the current King of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He holds 11 World Championships, 5 of them Absolute titles, and 2 ADCC titles. He also holds 8 World Pro Championships. So, he is pretty good.
This match is rare because typically the final four contestants of most major absolute championships are at or above medium heavyweight. There are always exceptions (Marcelo, Terere, Royler come to mind) and here Kron, as a middleweight (175lbs) fought his way through the brackets to face Buchecha, an Ultra-Heavyweight (+215lbs).
And he almost takes it….
Enjoy Kron vs Marcus
ps..the video contains both semi-finals. Kron and Marcus are first.