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Ricardo Almeida (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaʁdu awˈmejdɐ]; born November 29, 1976) is a former Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and currently a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappler residing in Bordentown, New Jersey. He is the former King of Pancrase Middleweight Champion.[2]

Ricardo Almeida
Born (1976-11-29) November 29, 1976 (age 42)
New York City, New York, United States
Other namesBig Dog
ResidenceBordentown, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican and Brazilian[1]
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170.5 lb (77.3 kg; 12.18 st)
Light heavyweight
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofRobinsville, New Jersey
TeamGracie Barra/Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/Ricardo Almeida BJJ
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie
Years active2000-2004
Mixed martial arts record
By submission5
By decision8
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision2
By disqualification1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Ricardo Almeida
Medal record
Men's Grappling
Representing  United States
ADCC World Championship
Silver medal – second place 1998 Abu Dhabi -99kg
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Abu Dhabi -99kg
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Abu Dhabi Absolute
Silver medal – second place 2001 Abu Dhabi -99kg



Almeida is a fourth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie, and part of the Gracie Barra combat and 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. He also trains former UFC Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and "The Ultimate Fighter" winner Corey Anderson [3]


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.[4]

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 at UFC 86, 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 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.

He was scheduled to fight Jon Fitch at UFC 106 but had to withdraw due to a knee injury suffered while training.[5]

Almeida faced Matt Brown on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111 in his welterweight debut.[6] Almeida defeated Brown by rear naked choke at 2:30 in round 2.

Almeida faced former UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117 and lost via technical submission due to a Dave Schultz front headlock.[7]

Almeida faced TJ Grant on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124.[8] Almeida defeated Grant by unanimous decision.

Almeida faced Mike Pyle on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.


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.[10] He added that he would continue to support the UFC and teammates such as Frankie Edgar, Kris McCray, Eddie Alvarez, and Corey Anderson.[10]

MMA JudgeEdit

A week after his retirement, Almeida became a professional MMA judge in New Jersey.[11] 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.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Ricardo resides in Bordentown, New Jersey with his family. He is the head instructor and owner at Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School located in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey and in Newtown, PA.[13]

Grappling credentialsEdit

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 recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–5 Mike Pyle Decision (unanimous) UFC 128 March 19, 2011 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
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)[14] 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 - Cold Fury December 9, 2000 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan


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  3. ^ "MMA Live: 4-1-11". ESPN MMA Live. April 1, 2011.
  4. ^ "The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC)".
  5. ^ "Sports News & latest headlines from AOL".
  6. ^ "Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown slotted for UFC 111 in March". 2009-01-07. Archived from the original on 2010-01-11.
  7. ^ Nate Wilcox. "Bloody Elbow Judo Chop: Matt Hughes Unleashes the "Dave Schultz Front Headlock" on Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117". Bloody Elbow.
  8. ^ "Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant targeted for UFC 124 in Montreal". 2010-10-06. Archived from the original on 2010-10-09.
  9. ^ "Ricardo Almeida vs Mike Pyle Targeted for UFC 128 -- MMA Fighting". December 25, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "UFC Welterweight Ricardo Almeida Announces His Retirement from MMA". March 30, 2011.
  11. ^ Tabuena, Andre (2011-04-07). "Recently Retired UFC Fighter, Ricardo Almeida, Now a Professional MMA Judge in New Jersey". Retrieved 2011-04-07.
  12. ^ "Dana White Would Like to See More Ex-Fighters Become Officials". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Almeida making the Ultimate impact on fighting scene". 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  14. ^ "Bloody Elbow". Dave Schultz Front Headlock.

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