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Ricardo Almeida (born November 29, 1976) is a Brazilian-American mixed martial arts fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappler residing in Bordentown, New Jersey.[1]

BiographyEdit

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.

Marquardt incidentEdit

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.

HiatusEdit

Almeida retired for a three-year period after a six fight win streak to focus on running his Jiu-Jitsu school in Hamilton, New Jersey.[2] He now fights in the welterweight division under the UFC.[3]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

His return bout in the UFC occurred at UFC 81, where he submitted Rob Yundt at 1:08 in the first round. Almeida's next fight was against Patrick Cote, where he lost a close split decision.

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.

He was scheduled to fight Jon Fitch at UFC 106 but had to withdraw due to a knee injury suffered while training. [4]

Almeida is expected to face Matt Brown on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Ricardo and his wife have three children.[6]

Grappling credentialsEdit

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

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12-3 United States flag Matt Brown Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy 02010-
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March 27, 2010
2 3:30 United States flag Newark, New Jersey, USA Welterweight Debut
Win 11–3 United States flag Kendall Grove Decision (Unanimous) UFC 101: Declaration 02009-
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August 8, 2009
3 5:00 United States flag Philadelphia, PA, USA
Win 10–3 United States flag Matt Horwich Decision (Unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 02009-
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April 1, 2009
3 5:00 United States flag Nashville, Tennessee, US
Loss 9–3 Canada flag Patrick Côté Decision (Split) UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin 02008-
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July 5, 2008
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 9–2 United States flag Rob Yundt Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 81: Breaking Point 02008-
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February 2, 2008
1 1:08 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 8–2 Japan flag Ryo Chonan Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE – Bushido 3 02004-
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May 23, 2004
2 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 7–2 United States flag Nathan Marquardt Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pancrase – Hybrid 10 02003-
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November 30, 2003
1 4:53 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Win 6–2 Japan flag Kazuo Misaki Decision (Majority) Pancrase – 10th Anniversary Show 02003-
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August 31, 2003
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–2 Japan flag Yuki Sasaki Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Hybrid 4 02003-
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April 12, 2003
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–2 Japan flag Ikuhisa Minowa Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Hybrid 2 02003-
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February 16, 2003
3 5:00 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Win 3–2 Japan flag Osami Shibuya Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pancrase – Spirit 8 02002-
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November 30, 2002
1 3:25 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Loss 2–2 Russia flag Andrei Semenov TKO (Punches) UFC 35: Throwdown 02002-
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January 11, 2002
2 2:01 United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut, US
Win 2–1 United States flag Eugene Jackson Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 33: Victory in Vegas 02001-
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September 28, 2001
1 4:06 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US Middleweight debut
Loss 1–1 United States flag Matt Lindland DQ UFC 31: Locked & Loaded 02001-
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May 4, 2001
3 4:21 United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Light Heavyweight
Win 1–0 Japan flag Akira Shoji Decision PRIDE 12: Cold Fury 02000-
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December 9, 2000
2 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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