Marcus Almeida will not be competing at the upcoming Metamoris event, "Buchecha" has confirmed to MMA Fighting.
"Buchecha", a four-time jiu-jitsu world champion, was expected to headline Metamoris 7 in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 17, in a rematch with 10-time jiu-jitsu world champion Roger Gracie.
"There will not be a rematch between myself and Roger Gracie at Metamoris 7," Almeida said in a statement released to MMA Fighting. "Although I never officially announced this rematch, unfortunately, others did prematurely advertise it before there was an agreement. As always, I thank you for your support, and apologize to any of you who may be disappointed by this. Believe me, I'm as disappointed as you are. I assure you that there was nothing that I wanted more than to give the fans a chance to see a second fight between me and Roger. Hopefully, we're somehow able to come to an agreement at a future date, and the fight can go on.
"But now, I move forward and I'm eager to once again reclaim my title as world champion this June," he continued. "I would like to say thank you to everyone who support me during this past year and believe me now I'm back. By the way, congrats Roger Gracie on your victory and for your first MMA belt, always showing the efficiency of our art in the cage."
Metamoris has yet to announce the news, but Roger Gracie told MMA Fighting on Tuesday that he’s likely out of Metamoris 7 as well.
"I have no interesting in fighting anyone else," Gracie told MMA Fighting. "It’s highly likely that I won’t fight anyone else. I want to dedicate myself 100 percent to MMA now."