November 29, 1976 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Big Dog|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170.5 lb (77.3 kg; 12.18 st)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Irvine, California|
|Team||Gracie Barra/Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/Ricardo Almeida BJJ|
|Rank||4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ricardo Almeida (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaʁdu awˈmejdɐ]; born November 29, 1976) is a retired Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and currently a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappler residing in Bordentown, New Jersey.
Almeida is a fourth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie, and part of the Gracie Barra Combat Team and also part of The Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu competition team. Almeida is a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Grapplers Quest and a former Middleweight King of Pancrase. In Pancrase he had notable wins over Nate Marquardt and Kazuo Misaki. Almeida trains with and teaches former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar at his longtime Gracie system gym in Robbinsville, NJ.
On November 30, 2003, Almeida was involved in an altercation with middleweight opponent Nate Marquardt in a Pancrase title fight. Marquardt was put into a guillotine choke in which the referee believed he tapped out. The referee was unable to immediately separate the fighters and the choke remained applied around Marquardt's neck after Marquardt's apparent submission. After the choke was let go, Marquardt threw a strike at Almeida's face, prompting both corners to storm into the ring – including Renzo Gracie, who was cornering Almeida and kicked Marquardt in the face. The confrontation came to an end and Marquardt approached Almeida after the bout to congratulate him. Almeida then vacated his title in July 2004.
Almeida retired for a four-year period after a six fight win streak to focus on running his Jiu-Jitsu school in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. Then, he fought in the Welterweight division of the UFC, and retired in 2011.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Almeida returned at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann, this time on the preliminary card, to face Matt Horwich, winning by unanimous decision. His next fight took place on August 8 in Philadelphia against Kendall Grove at UFC 101. Almeida won by outgrappling his opponent for the majority of the bout and controlling the fight to earn a unanimous decision victory.
Almeida retired for the second time on March 30, 2011, saying that he could not focus 100 percent on fighting, citing his family, his son (who was diagnosed with autism), and teaching at his academies as other areas of his life that needed attention. He added that he would continue to support the UFC and teammates such as Frankie Edgar and Kris McCray.
A week after his retirement, Almeida became a professional MMA judge in New Jersey. On May 5, 2012, he made his major-event debut as a judge at the UFC on FOX 3 card at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Ricardo reside in Bordentown, NJ with his two children. He is the head instructor and owner at Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School located in Robbinsville,NJ & Newtown,PA where he trains his protege Max Bohannon who graduated from Bordentown in 2009.
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
ADCC 2003 88–98 kg: 4th place
ADCC 2001 88–98 kg: 2nd place Openweight: 4th place
ADCC 2000 Openweight: 3rd place
ADCC 1999 88–98 kg: 3rd place
ADCC 1998 88–98 kg: 2nd place
CBJJ Pan American Championships
1999 Brown Belt pesado: 1st Place
CBJJ Brazilian Championships
1997 Brown Belt Pesado: 1st Place
1996 Purple Belt Médio: 1st Place Purple Belt Open Weight: 3rd Place
IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship
2012 Black belt Meio-Pesado: 1st Place
IBJJF No-Gi Worlds Championship
2013 Black Belt Masters: 1st Place
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||13 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||13–5||Mike Pyle||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Retired shortly after the fight.|
|Win||13–4||TJ Grant||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 124||December 11, 2010||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||12–4||Matt Hughes||Technical submission (Dave Schultz front headlock)||UFC 117||August 7, 2010||1||3:15||Oakland, California, United States|
|Win||12–3||Matt Brown||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 111||March 27, 2010||2||3:30||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Welterweight Debut|
|Win||11–3||Kendall Grove||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 101||August 8, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||10–3||Matt Horwich||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Patrick Côté||Decision (split)||UFC 86||July 5, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–2||Rob Yundt||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 81||February 2, 2008||1||1:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–2||Ryo Chonan||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Bushido 3||May 23, 2004||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||7–2||Nate Marquardt||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pancrase: Hybrid 10||November 30, 2003||1||4:53||Tokyo, Japan||For the Pancrase Middleweight Championship|
|Win||6–2||Kazuo Misaki||Decision (majority)||Pancrase: 10th Anniversary Show||August 31, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–2||Yuki Sasaki||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Hybrid 4||April 12, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–2||Ikuhisa Minowa||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Hybrid 2||February 16, 2003||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||3–2||Osami Shibuya||Submission (rear naked choke)||Pancrase - Spirit 8||November 30, 2002||1||3:25||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||2–2||Andrei Semenov||TKO (punches)||UFC 35||January 11, 2002||2||2:01||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||2–1||Eugene Jackson||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 33||September 28, 2001||1||4:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Middleweight debut|
|Loss||1–1||Matt Lindland||DQ (repeated fouls)||UFC 31||May 4, 2001||3||4:21||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Fought at Light Heavyweight|
|Win||1–0||Akira Shoji||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 12||December 9, 2000||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
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- UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship
- "Report: Ricardo Almeida Gets Six-Fight UFC Deal". MMA Junkie. October 18, 2007. Retrieved December 2, 2007.
- Ricardo Almeida Withdraws From UFC 106 Fight vs. Jon Fitch
- "Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown slotted for UFC 111 in March". 2009-01-07.
- "Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant targeted for UFC 124 in Montreal". mmajunkie.com. 2010-10-06.
- "Ricardo Almeida vs Mike Pyle Targeted for UFC 128 -- MMA Fighting". mmafighting.com. December 25, 2010.
- "UFC Welterweight Ricardo Almeida Announces His Retirement from MMA". MMAWeekly.com. March 30, 2011.
- Tabuena, Andre (2011-04-07). "Recently Retired UFC Fighter, Ricardo Almeida, Now a Professional MMA Judge in New Jersey". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2011-04-07.
- "Dana White Would Like to See More Ex-Fighters Become Officials". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- "Almeida making the Ultimate impact on fighting scene". nj.com. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- "Bloody Elbow". Dave Schultz Front Headlock.
- Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
- Professional MMA record for Ricardo Almeida from Sherdog
- Ricardo Almeida, Pancrase profile
|4th Pancrase Middleweight Champion
November 30, 2003–November 7, 2004