Almeida is a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie, and part of the Gracie Barra Combat 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 Nathan Marquardt and Kazuo Misaki.
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, however many believe Nate was only attempting to release himself from the choke by grappling. 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.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Almeida returned at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann, this time on the preliminary card, to face Matt Horwich, winning by unanimous decision. His most recent fight was on August 8 in Philadelphia against Kendall Grove at UFC 101, outgrappling his opponent for the majority of the bout and controlling the fight to earn a unanimous decision victory.
He will be moving to the welterweight class in his next fight. The drop in weight was planned before UFC 101 but he chose to fight one last time at middleweight in front of his friends & family who made the drive up to Philadelphia.
Ricardo and his wife have three children.
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
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
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|20||12 wins||3 losses|
|Win||12-3||Matt Brown||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy||March 27, 2010||2||3:30||Newark, New Jersey, USA||Welterweight Debut|
|Win||11–3||Kendall Grove||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 101: Declaration||August 8, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, PA, USA|
|Win||10–3||Matt Horwich||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, US|
|Loss||9–3||Patrick Côté||Decision (Split)||UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin||July 5, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||9–2||Rob Yundt||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 81: Breaking Point||February 2, 2008||1||1:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||8–2||Ryo Chonan||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE – Bushido 3||May 23, 2004||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||7–2||Nathan Marquardt||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Pancrase – Hybrid 10||November 30, 2003||1||4:53||Tokyo, Japan||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: Throwdown||January 11, 2002||2||2:01||Uncasville, Connecticut, US|
|Win||2–1||Eugene Jackson||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 33: Victory in Vegas||September 28, 2001||1||4:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Middleweight debut|
|Loss||1–1||Matt Lindland||DQ||UFC 31: Locked & Loaded||May 4, 2001||3||4:21||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Light Heavyweight|
|Win||1–0||Akira Shoji||Decision||PRIDE 12: Cold Fury||December 9, 2000||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
- ↑ http://www.zabasearch.com/query1_zaba.php?sname=RICARDO%20ALMEIDA&state=NJ&ref=&se=&doby=&city=&name_style=1&tm=&tmr=
- ↑ UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship
- ↑ Report: Ricardo Almeida Gets Six-Fight UFC Deal. MMA Junkie (October 18, 2007). Retrieved on December 2, 2007.
- ↑ http://mma.fanhouse.com/2009/10/22/ricardo-almeida-withdraws-from-ufc-106-fight-vs-jon-fitch/
- ↑ Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown slotted for UFC 111 in March (2009-01-07). Archived from the original on 2012-07-15.
- ↑ Almeida making the Ultimate impact on fighting scene. nj.com (2009-08-10). Retrieved on 2009-08-10.