Ricardo
Almeida
13-4-0( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 13 fights.
Record: 13-4-0
Summary: Ground game

Fighter Info

Nickname: Big Dog
From: New York, New York USA
Age: 38
Height: 6' 0" ( 182 cm )
Weight: 170 lb ( 77 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
478
53% Successful
255
Types of Successful Strikes
0
255
45% Standing
15%
40% Ground
116
37
102
Striking Defense
59
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
84
38% Successful
32
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
11
22
0
Takedown Defense
38
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Loss
Ricardo Almeida Mar 19, 2011
48 1 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Mike Pyle 36 1 1 0
Win
TJ Grant Dec 11, 2010
6 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Ricardo Almeida 48 6 0 9
Loss
Matt Hughes Aug 7, 2010
2 0 1 0 R1 Submission
Ricardo Almeida 10 0 0 0
Win
Ricardo Almeida Mar 27, 2010
15 5 1 3 R2 Submission
Matt Brown 6 0 0 0
Win
Ricardo Almeida Aug 8, 2009
38 6 0 2 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Kendall Grove 25 0 2 0
Win
Ricardo Almeida Apr 1, 2009
41 9 1 3 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Matt Horwich 25 0 3 0
Loss
Patrick Cote Jul 5, 2008
24 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Split
Ricardo Almeida 26 2 2 3
Win
Ricardo Almeida Feb 2, 2008
4 1 1 0 R1 Submission
Rob Yundt 2 0 0 0
Win
Ricardo Almeida
PRIDE Bushido 3
May 23, 2004
20 3 1 14 R2 Decision - Unanimous
Ryo Chonan 14 0 1 0
Loss
Andrei Semenov Jan 11, 2002
5 0 0 0 R2 KO/TKO
Ricardo Almeida 12 1 5 0
Win
Ricardo Almeida Sep 28, 2001
4 1 1 2 R1 Submission
Eugene Jackson 1 2 2 0
Loss
Matt Lindland May 4, 2001
22 5 0 1 R3 DQ
Ricardo Almeida 9 0 0 0
Win
Ricardo Almeida
PRIDE 12: Cold Fury
Dec 9, 2000
24 2 0 5 R2 Decision - Unanimous
Akira Shoji 10 3 0 0

Biography

TRAINING:  Usually we do MMA or conditioning training in the morning, followed by specific training in the afternoon or evening, like Jiu Jitsu, wrestling or boxing.

When and why did you start training for fighting? Jiu Jitsu is something every boy tries in Rio de Janeiro, especially if you are not very good at soccer. I actually started training Jiu Jitsu at the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro when I was 15 years old. A friend of mine from high school took me there. He is now Mark Hunt's Jiu Jitsu instructor in Australia.

What ranks and titles have you held? 4x Brazilian National Champion, 1999 Pan American Champion and 2x Silver Medalist at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships, among other titles.

Do you have any heroes? I admire some great men: British Polar Explorer Sir Ernest Shakleton; my teacher Renzo Gracie for his extraordinary skills, heart and love for the sport (let's not forget the fact that he has the personality that matches it all); and 3x Surfing World Champion Andy Irons: his career started with some bumps but he pulled himself together and become one of the toughest competitors I have ever seen in any sport.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? To fight in the UFC is a dream I realized back in 2001 when I fought my 2nd Pro fight. As a Martial Arts competitor I want to be a part of the greatest organization, competing against the best in the world. The UFC is the biggest organization with the best fighters, and top 10 rankings, the cream of the crop, include many of their names. The level doesn't get any higher than that.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
I did two years of Industrial Engineering in Brazil prior to moving back to the US where I attended a local college here in New Jersey for two years. Actually, when I joined the UFC back in 2001 I quit to dedicate myself full time to teaching and training.

What was your job before you started fighting? I started teaching Jiu Jitsu part time when I was 17 years old in Brazil. When I moved to the US I taught classes at the Renzo Gracie Academy. Now I own my own Jiu Jitsu school, which is undergoing expansion, with over four hundred active dedicated students in Hamilton NJ. I have never had a job that didn't involve Martial Arts.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition?
I fought only one Amateur MMA Match, which is now on the special features on the HBO documentary about Mark Kerr titled 'Smashing Mashine". I leg locked a Sambo fighter so I was pretty proud.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I fought for the now extinct Pride FC in the Gracie X Japan Challenge alongside Ralph Gracie and the Late Ryan Gracie. We won and it was the biggest honor I have had as a Martial Artist. Ryan was like an older brother to me if it wasn't for him I would have never fought MMA. I also won the Middleweight King of Pancrase Title, defeating Nathan Marquardt in the first round.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Favorite grappling technique: In competition the one that gets me the win, it could be a takedown, a choke or armbar it doesn't really matter as long as my hand is raised at the end.  As far as training I love training in the Gi, it is not 100% applicable to MMA but it makes your defense and transitions much sharper.  It just opens up your game.

 Favorite Striking technique: Leg Kicks.

Career

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