After a scheduled April 22 fight with Oumar “Reug Reug” Kane was canceled due to an injury to Kane, Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida was left without an opponent for his next mixed martial arts bout. Now his replacement has been found and his next fight is scheduled for Friday, May 20. Buchecha’s opponent will be Hugo “Silverback” Cunha, a 6-1 fighter with a background in wrestling and BJJ.
Buchecha started his mixed martial arts career with a bang, going 2-0 with two submission wins. His style in jiu-jitsu transferred well to MMA, as he was able to use his takedown game to transition into dominant ground positioning and submissions. In his ONE Championship debut, Buchecha won via a north-south choke on Anderson Silva. In the second fight with the promotion, he picked up a rear naked choke victory over Kang Ji Won in December 2021.
Buchecha’s accomplishments in jiu-jitsu include thirteen IBJJF world titles, two ADCC titles, and victories in countless super fight promotions. His style when competing in BJJ was aggressive and relentless. Buchecha was still fighting to advance his position and was looking for a submission finish. He spent his early days of MMA training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. He then moved to Florida to train with the American Top Team, one of the largest and most successful teams in mixed martial arts history.
Hugo “Silverback” Cunha made his professional MMA debut on December 15, 2017 against Robson da Silva, a fight he won by TKO in the first round. He won his next five fights before losing a split decision in his last outing to Dustin Joynson. His six pro wins came as a finish, with three submissions and three TKOs. Hugo also comes from a solid background in grappling. Apart from being a BJJ black belt, he is also a former member of the Brazilian national wrestling team.
Marcus “Buchecha” Alemida vs. Hugo “Silverback” Cunha will take place on Friday, May 20. The promotion recently announced a deal with Amazon Prime Video, but no date has yet been set for ONE to premiere on the platform.