2016 WPJJC: watch how Buchecha became the only three-time male open class champion


Marcus Almeida Buchecha is without a doubt the biggest name in the history of the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu championship.

Buchecha reigned over the black belt open class division on the last three editions, 2013, 2014, 2015.

One week before the 2016 WPJJC kicks off for the black belt division (on April 21), we look back in time to re-watch the three matches that crowned Buchecha in Abu Dhabi.

2013 – Marcus Buchecha vs. Rodolfo Vieira

Buchecha pulled guard and worked his sweep game to win 4-2 and secure his first open class title in Abu Dhabi.

2014 – Marcus Buchecha vs. Rodolfo Vieira

The rematch was more dramatic, as Buchecha was only able to pull out a hail Mary sweep at the very last second. It was also the best performance by Rodolfo after he submitted Buchecha at the 2011 Worlds.

2015 – Marcus Buchecha vs. Alex Trans

In a close match against the Danish ultra-heavyweight, Buchecha kept his cool and managed a 2-0 win on advantages.

Can Buchecha repeat his performance of the last three years and make it to a fourth open class gold medal?

The complete coverage of the 2016 WPJJC kicks of April 20, live from Abu Dhabi. Follow every detail on our social media channels: Instagram.com/graciemagazine; twitter.com/graciemag; facebook.com/graciemag.

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