Four-time absolute BJJ world champion Marcus Buchecha had his first fight of the year last weekend when he faced Rafael Lovato Jr. in a matched fight at the ADCC’s American Trials in Anaheim, Calif. Buchecha imposed his game and scored 6-0.
“Everything went right in this fight,” he told Graciemag. “The plan was put to practice. I have fought 20 minutes a few times — once against Roger Gracie and once against Roberto Cyborg, — so I knew what it would be like to fight for longer than I’m used to. But I was ready for it; I managed to impose my wrestling game, applied four good takedowns, and achieved some good positions on the ground.”
An ADCC 2013 champion, Buchecha sat out the 2015 edition because of an injury. Now he is eyeing the Sep. 2017 event in Finland. “The ADCC is very different,” he said. “The last time I fought under these rules was 2013. So it was very good to do this fight before the main event. I think I fought well, but I saw that there’s a lot to improve upon to arrive in Finland in good shape.”
Buchecha’s next appointment is the IBJJF World Championship in late May. “I’m training hard in the gi to to seek my fifth absolute title,” he said. “I know there will be many hurdles along the way, but I’m confident in my training.”
Buchecha’s presence is also confirmed for the IBJJF Pro League’s Heavyweight GP, Aug. 26 in Vegas. This tournament will host eight big names of BJJ fighting for a 40-thousand-dollar prize. Roger Gracie, Leandro Lo and André Galvão are also in the line-up.