Finally, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace has a date for his mixed martial arts debut.
One of One Championship’s most prestigious recent signings is about to make his promotional debut. According to a report by MMA Fighting, 13-time world jiu-jitsu champion Marcus Almeida will face Thomas Narmo at “One: Revolution” in Singapore on Sept. 24.
Best-known as “Buchecha,” Almeida made a name for himself in BJJ and grappling tournaments. The two-time ADCC gold medalist was supposed to make his MMA debut against Oumar Kane on April 7 before the promotion attached him to a clash with Ji Won Kang at One on TNT 1. However, the matchup fell through. The American Top Team representative will finally have his chance to crossover to MMA next month.
Narmo (4-0 1NC, 0-0 1NC One) made his promotional debut at One: Battleground 2. His fight ended in an anticlimactic fashion after Alain Ngalani (4-6 2NC) landed an accidental groin kick that prevented “The Last Viking” from continuing. The clash was ruled a no contest in the second stanza. Before that, the Norwegian fighter amassed a four-bout winning streak on the regional scene in the UK.
The “One: Revolution” event will go down at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore, on Sept. 24. As of publication time, the Almeida-Narmo fight is the card’s only known bout.