He lost the superheavy division final to Leonardo Nogueira and was caught on an armlock by Rodolfo Vieira in the open class semifinal.
The setbacks were so damaging to his mindset that he even thought of stopping competing altogether, as he told GRACIEMAG in an exclusive interview for GM #208.
Then came the 2011 Worlds No-Gi and Buchecha decided to jump in to see if he still had what it took to be a high level competitor.
The result could not be better, as he won the superheavy division against the same Leo Nogueira and closed out the open class with teammate João Assis.
The flame was back on and Buchecha went on to win three black belt open class titles, among many other gold medals.
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