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Thiago Abreu, commonly known as Thiago “Baiano” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Cavaca and a representative of the Checkmat team in the sport’s competitive circuit, having conquered medals in some of the main tournaments of the grappling world, including the World Championship (Gi and No-Gi) as well as the Pan American Championship and Sao Paulo Open.

Thiago Abreu Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Thiago Aragão de Abreu

Nickname: “Baiano” in Portuguese is representative of someone born in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The typical Bahia person is often depicted as a lazy character in Brazilian satire, it was this quality that got Thiago his nickname after a childhood event, when one of his friends passed by his house to call him but Thiago was fast asleep. Abreu is also nicknamed “Paraíba” by some of his friends, this usually reflects someone with unusual strength (and slightly empty headed) also within Brazilian popular culture.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Élcio Figueiredo > Rodrigo Cavaca > Thiago Abreu

Main Achievements:

  • World No-Gi Champion (2009 brown weight & absolute, 2014)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2009 purple)
  • Sao Paulo Open Champion (2015, 2014)
  • Sao Paulo No Gi Open Champion (2015)
  • World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2011)
  • Pan American No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2010)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2012)
  • World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015)

Favorite Position/Technique: Footlocks

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Thiago Abreu Biography

Thiago Abreu was born on the 2nd of May, 1983 in Santos on the coast of Sao Paulo – Brazil.

Unlike many of jiu jitsu’s top competitors who tend to begin their grappling activities during their teenage years, Thiago Abreu didn’t start training until his 21st birthday – influenced by his good friend Ingmar Santos, who taught at a local gym.

Santos was a friend of Thiago and knew how much he enjoyed the idea of martial arts, having never found the time to enter a combat sports gym. After some persuasion Ingmar convinced Abreu to try one of his classes at the Integração Jiu Jitsu in Santos, an academy that had a run of important coaches through the years, including Ingmar himself, Rodrigo Cavaca or Teco Shinzato.

In his first class, Thiago Abreu was paired up with a much smaller partner, Roger Clavijo who was a blue belt then. Baiano was toyed with, when sparring, by Clavijo and immediately decided this was something he
had to do.

Thiago abreu was graded by Ingmar Santos as a blue belt, but shortly after Baiano started training at his university campus in FEFIS (Faculdade de Educação Física de Santos) for convenience purposes. In the meantime, Ingmar and his friend Rodrigo Cavaca left Integração and joined Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu, forming their own academy.

By the time Thiago re-started training with his old coaches, Ingmar re-located to a different town. From their on, Cavaca took control of Abreu’s tuition awarding him his purple, brown and black belts, the latter on on the 6th of July 2010.

In 2012 Thiago Abreu and his friend Gabriel Rollo opened their own academy, a gym that grew in the region with several affiliates and hard competitors.

Thiago Abreu Grappling Record

39 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (59%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
26
6
#86e620
Footlock
22
5
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
17
4
#d1212a
Heel hook
9
2
#fad11b
Submission
9
2
#f58822
Toe hold
4
1
#224aba
RNC
4
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
4
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Ezekiel
29
2
#86e620
Guillotine
29
2
#5AD3D1
Darce choke
14
1
#d1212a
Estima lock
14
1
#fad11b
Armbar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Abreu Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2596Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds79KG4F2010
3369Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockNo Gi Worlds82KGF2011
3616Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLArmbarPan American82KG4F2012
3730Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsGramado Trials75KGF2012
4009Lucas LepriLucas LepriLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGSF2012
4221Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLGuillotineNoGi Worlds82KG4F2012
5209Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLPts: 5x0World Pro Trial76KGF2014
6766Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2015
6943Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 4x0ADCC RJ77KGSF2015
7015Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionADCC SP77KG4F2015
7602Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLAdvBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGR12015
8375Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGSF2015
8879Sam GibsonLDQEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9208Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 6x2Pan American76KG8F2016
9911Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR12016
10498Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaLEzekielSao Paulo Open76KGR12016
11647Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLGuillotineADCC RJ77KG4F2017
12304Jan BuatimJan BuatimLReferee DecisionFloripa Fall Open76KG4F2017
12970Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGR12017
13522Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDarce chokeACBJJ 775KG4F2017
15994Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 4x2Brasileiro76KG4F2018
3339Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWGuillotineNo Gi Worlds82KG4F2011
3605Stefan StoianovWN/APan American82KGR12012
3612Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3727Tiago RochaTiago RochaWChoke from backGramado Trials75KGSF2012
3986John RickelWN/AWorld Champ.76KGR12012
4001Philipe MonicaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR32012
4006Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4343Charles do BronxWGuillotineFighters 98ABSSPF2013
5207Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Pro Trial76KGSF2014
6004Josh HingerJosh HingerWFootlockNoGi Worlds79KG4F2014
6006Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2014
6764Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWToe holdPan American76KGR22015
6938Kim TerraKim TerraWHeel hookADCC RJ77KGR22015
7011Thiago MagesteWGuillotineADCC SP77KGR12015
7787Ricardo RochaWBotinhaSP Open76KGF2015
7816Marco QueirozWN/ASP Open NoGi74KGSF2015
7817Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPointsSP Open NoGi74KGF2015
8364Marcus WilsonWFootlockNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8371Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWBotinhaNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
8871Pedro MendoncaWBotinhaEuropean Open76KGR12016
9357Gyula SzabóWN/ARome Open76KG4F2016
9358Douglas BarcelosWN/ARome Open76KGSF2016
9365Ralf CarnebornWFootlockEuropean NoGi76KGSF2016
9366Gyula SzabóWSubmissionEuropean NoGi76KGF2016
9908Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWBotinhaWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10655Paulo CotaWBotinhaFloripa Open76KGSF2016
10656Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWAdvFloripa Open76KGF2016
11638Sérgio FilhoWPointsADCC RJ77KGR12017
11642Leonardo NogueiraWHeel hookADCC RJ77KGR22017
13898Bernardo DibWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGi73KGR12017
13900Ricardo RochaWN/ABrasileiro NoGi73KG4F2017
13902Luciano BernertWN/ABrasileiro NoGi73KGSF2017
13904Rany YahyaRany YahyaWGuillotineBrasileiro NoGi73KGF2017
15980Lucas BarrosWFootlockBrasileiro76KGR12018
15987Joao AlvesWFootlockBrasileiro76KGR22018
15988Vitor MatosWRNCBrasileiro76KG8F2018
17378Ricardo RochaWN/ABrasileiro NoGi73KG8F2018
17383Caio NunesWN/ABrasileiro NoGi73KG4F2018
17386Daniel SethWN/ABrasileiro NoGi73KGSF2018

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