Brazilian Fighter Nicknames

Everyone likes a good nickname and many well known Brazilian born BJJ fighters have familiar nicknames that roll of our tongue, but what do they actually mean?!

We’ve listed and explained a few below to shed some light for those not so well versed in Portuguese.

1- Marcus Almeida

Buchehca-Hamster

NICKNAME:

Buchecha

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?:

When the now 3 times back to back World BBJ Champion was a youngster, he was slightly on the chubby side, something which didn’t go unnoticed by his Professor; Rodrigo Cavaca.

The observant Cavaca kindly christened him “Buchecha”, which translates as “cheeks” in English. We can only assume Almeida had the permanent look of a hamster storing his food for later to earn him such a respectful name!

 

2 – Braulio Estima

Estima-Carcare

NICKNAME:

Carcara

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?:

The 3rd Degree Black Belt’s nickname comes from a bird that is found in the same region of North East Brazil where the fighter was born. 

According to Estima, there is a short, no nonsense saying about this bird of prey along the lines of; 

“carcara gets, kills and eat the prey”

… we are yet to see Estima go with this strategy in any of his fights!

This nickname is also said to relate to a brand of Gi that he used to wear which is no longer in production.

 

3 – Junior Dos Santos

DS-Cigano

NICKNAME:

Cigano

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?:

The former UFC Heavyweight Champ would probably prefer that the fewer people who knew the translation of his nickname the better.

Cigano means Gypsy in Portuguese, yet the reason for Dos Santos being called this is not something that you would think of using your own powers of deduction!

In his adolescence, Dos Santos was said to be a dead ringer for a particular character in a Brazilian TV soap that centred around gypsies and their culture… We’re not sure what the viewing figures were like for Eastenders or Coronation Street back then in Brazil but he could have ended up with a less fortunate look-a-like!

 

 

4 – Ronaldo Souza

RS-Jacare

NICKNAME:

Jacaré

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?:

Despite preferring football at an early age and initially have the view that Jiu Jitsu involved “too much man hugging”, Ronaldo Souza is regarding by many as one of the finest grapplers on the planet.

His nickname comes from the name of a species of Caiman (Yacare caiman), which just happened to be the symbol of the A.S.L.E. (Associação Sensei de Lutas Esportivas) team with whom “Jacaré” won many state Championships during his inevitable journey to black belt status.

 

 

5 – Rousimar Palhares

RP-Toquinho

NICKNAME:

Toquinho

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?:

Rousimar Palhares is one of the many Brazilian fighters who grew up with very little during his childhood, but has developed himself in to a formidable athlete and practitioner of the “gentle art”. However, being gentle is not something that Palhares is known for and is a renowned and feared specialist in crushing leg locks.

Whilst he may not have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he was certainly gifted with and has developed immense strength and power! His short, stocky build earned him the name “Toquinho” or “little tree stump” in English.