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Ricardo Almeida
Born November 29, 1976 (1976-11-29) (age 33)
New York City, NY
Other names Cachorrão (Big Dog)
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing
Fighting out of Hamilton, New Jersey
Team Gracie Barra Combat Team
Rank      black belt in BJJ
MMA record
Total 14
Wins 11
By knockout 0
By submission 4
Losses 3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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



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 incident

On November 30, 2003, Almeida was involved in an altercation with middleweight opponent Nate Marquardt in a Pancrase title fight. Marquardt, who was caught in a guillotine choke, tapped out; the referee, however, was unable to immediately separate the fighters, and the choke remained applied around Marquardt's neck after Marquardt's 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 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 middleweight division under the UFC.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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 life

Ricardo and his wife have three children.[6]

Grappling credentials

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 record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States Matt Brown UFC 111 02010-03-27 March 27, 2010 United States Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 11–3 United States Kendall Grove Decision (Unanimous) UFC 101: Declaration 02009-08-08 August 8, 2009 3 5:00 United States Philadelphia, PA, USA
Win 10–3 United States Matt Horwich Decision (Unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 02009-04-01 April 1, 2009 3 5:00 United States Nashville, Tennessee, US
Loss 9–3 Canada Patrick Côté Decision (Split) UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin 02008-07-05 July 5, 2008 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 9–2 United States Rob Yundt Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 81: Breaking Point 02008-02-02 February 2, 2008 1 1:08 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 8–2 Japan Ryo Chonan Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE – Bushido 3 02004-05-23 May 23, 2004 2 5:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Win 7–2 United States Nathan Marquardt Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pancrase – Hybrid 10 02003-11-30 November 30, 2003 1 4:53 Japan Tokyo, Japan Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Win 6–2 Japan Kazuo Misaki Decision (Majority) Pancrase – 10th Anniversary Show 02003-08-31 August 31, 2003 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–2 Japan Yuki Sasaki Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Hybrid 4 02003-04-12 April 12, 2003 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–2 Japan Ikuhisa Minowa Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Hybrid 2 02003-02-16 February 16, 2003 3 5:00 Japan Osaka, Japan
Win 3–2 Japan Osami Shibuya Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pancrase – Spirit 8 02002-11-30 November 30, 2002 1 3:25 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Loss 2–2 Russia Andrei Semenov TKO (Punches) UFC 35: Throwdown 02002-01-11 January 11, 2002 2 2:01 United States Uncasville, Connecticut, US
Win 2–1 United States Eugene Jackson Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 33: Victory in Vegas 02001-09-28 September 28, 2001 1 4:06 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US Middleweight debut
Loss 1–1 United States Matt Lindland DQ UFC 31: Locked & Loaded 02001-05-04 May 4, 2001 3 4:21 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Light Heavyweight
Win 1–0 Japan Akira Shoji Decision PRIDE 12: Cold Fury 02000-12-09 December 9, 2000 2 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan


External links

Previous champion
Nathan Marquardt
4th Pancrase Middleweight Champion

November 30, 2003–November 7, 2004

Next champion
Nathan Marquardt


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