A Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend now has his first dwelling in combined martial arts.

Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, a 13-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, has signed a multiyear contract with Asia’s ONE Championship, supervisor Ali Abdelaziz advised ESPN on Thursday. The 6-foot-Three Almeida, 30, will compete within the heavyweight division.

Per Abdelaziz, Almeida will debut in ONE both close to the tip of this yr or early in 2021. He’ll do his coaching camps at Evolve MMA in Singapore, which has a relationship with ONE, additionally primarily based in Singapore.

Almeida, a local of Brazil, is taken into account one of many high pound-for-pound Brazilian jiu-jitsu opponents of all time. He introduced simply final week his intention to retire from BJJ gi competitors and deal with combined martial arts, which drew buzz within the MMA group as a result of his potential within the sport.

“Buchecha” has received a file six Brazilian jiu-jitsu world titles within the openweight class, a mark beforehand held by Roger Gracie (3). Almeida has additionally received two titles within the prestigious Abu Dhabi Fight Membership (ADCC) event.