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Marcus Almeida Taps Kirill Grishenko with Heel Hook

Marcus Almeida, ONE: Revolution Credit: ONE Champion

Acclaimed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu star Marcus Almeida, arguably better known as “Buchecha”, confronted him on ONE on Prime Video on Prime Video in Singapore on Friday. The toughest test of a young MMA career.

Almeida, who started 3-0 in MMA (plus a Smaug-sized fighting gold medal), was paired with Kirill Grishenko as part of the main Amazon Prime Video card.

Grishenko shrugged off his first career defeat in an interim title fight with Anatoly Malekhin.

Although he was well decorated on the ground, Almeida made several early strikes, one of which nearly missed Grishenko. But moments later, the Brazilian took the fight into his wheelhouse, into territory where Grishenko could not escape and had no answers. Nearly dragging her opponent onto the mat, Almeida trapped a leg and was quickly hooked with her heel.

Grishenko tried to roll and crawl out, but was not relieved, and soon tapped frantically. With the win, Buccecha improved to 4-0 and all four of those wins were within distance.

The Brazilian then opened up in his post-match interview that the past three weeks have been the toughest of his life after losing one of his best friends, Leandro Lo. Luo Luo, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player, was shot dead by an off-duty police officer during an argument. “I was training and crying every day. I don’t know how I did it,” Almeida said.

Almeida also received a $50,000 performance bonus.

Official result: Marcus Almeida def. Submitted by Kirill Grishenko (heel hook), Round 1, 1:04

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