X2 ADCC world champ and X13 IBJJF gold medalist Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida has decided to make the move from BJJ into mixed martial arts, and for his MMA debut it has been revealed that the Brazilian grappler will be facing Senegalese wrestler Oumar ‘Reug Reug’ Kane. First reported by MMA Journalist Raphael Marinho and later confirmed by ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong to Jiu-Jitsu Times, the bout is currently scheduled for February 24, 2021 in Singapore. Almeida Vs Kane will be scheduled for the undercard of ‘Mighty Mouse’ Demetrious Johnson (27-3-1) vs flyweight champion Adriano Moraes (18-3).
Almeida Faces 6’5, 256lbs Undefeated Senegalese Wrestler
Despite the fact Almeida is up there with the utmost elite grapplers and BJJ competitors – his MMA debut won’t be an easy feat. His competition is not just a professional Senegalese wrestler but he is also 6’5 and 256lbs. Almeida’s opponent Oumar ‘Reug Reug’ Kane remains an undefeated champion of Senegalese Wrestling, which has given the 27-year-old experience in both striking and grappling due to their ruleset.
Unlike Almeida, this won’t be Kane’s MMA debut as he has already had an MMA fight under Ares FC back in December of 2019. The result ended up being a round two KO, against former Cage Warriors heavyweight contender Sofiane Boukichou (6-4) of France. During the fight, the wrestler also displayed his impressive grappling credentials through his powerful throws and takedowns.
We like to say “size doesn’t matter in BJJ” but when someone not only has size on their side but technique as well… things can get complicated. This should be an incredibly interesting fight to watch to say the least. An absolutely savage match up and I can’t wait to watch and see how it unfolds.
News of the matchup was broken by Michael Fiedel via social media who reported the story from Raphael Marinho.
@michaelfiedel on Twitter: “IT’S HAPPENING! 13x IBJJF World champion and 2x ADCC gold medalist Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida (0-0) making his MMA debut vs. Sengalese wrestling sensation Oumar “Reug Reug” Kane (1-0) at ONE Championship’s 2/24 event, per
@raphamarinho,” wrote Fiedel.