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Thiago Abreu

Thiago Abreu

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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

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

16 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
31
5
#86e620
Footlock
19
3
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
19
3
#d1212a
Heel hook
13
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
6
1
#f58822
Submission
6
1
#224aba
Choke from back
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Ezekiel
25
2
#86e620
Guillotine
25
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
25
2
#d1212a
Darce choke
13
1
#fad11b
Estima lock
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Abreu Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2576Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds79KG4F2010
3312Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockNo Gi Worlds82KGF2011
3559Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLArmbarPan American82KG4F2012
3673Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsGramado Trials75KGF2012
3944Philipe MonicaLArmbarWorld Champ.76KGR32012
3952Lucas LepriLucas LepriLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGSF2012
4165Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLGuillotineNoGi Worlds82KG4F2012
5111Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLPts: 5x0World Pro Trial76KGF2014
6619Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2015
6791Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 4x0ADCC RJ77KGSF2015
6860Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionADCC SP77KG4F2015
7431Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLAdvBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGR12015
8176Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGSF2015
8669Sam GibsonLDQEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8985Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 6x2Pan American76KG8F2016
9682Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR12016
10241Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaLEzekielSao Paulo Open76KGR12016
11296Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLGuillotineADCC RJ77KG4F2017
11922Jan BuatimJan BuatimLReferee DecisionFloripa Fall Open76KG4F2017
12559Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGR12017
13038Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDarce chokeACBJJ 74F75KG2017
3282Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWGuillotineNo Gi Worlds82KG4F2011
3548Stefan StoianovWN/APan American82KGR12012
3555Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3670Tiago RochaTiago RochaWChoke from backGramado Trials75KGSF2012
3929John RickelWN/AWorld Champ.76KGR12012
3949Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaWorld Champ.76KG4F2012
4277Charles do BronxWGuillotineFighters 98ABSSPF2013
5109Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Pro Trial76KGSF2014
5885Josh HingerJosh HingerWFootlockNo Gi Worlds79KG4F2014
5887Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds79KGSF2014
6617Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWToe holdPan American76KGR22015
6786Kim TerraKim TerraWHeel hookADCC RJ77KGR22015
6856Thiago MagesteWGuillotineADCC SP77KGR12015
7610Ricardo RochaWBotinhaSP Open76KGF2015
7636Marco QueirozWN/ASP Open NoGi74KGSF2015
7637Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPointsSP Open NoGi74KGF2015
8165Marcus WilsonWFootlockNoGi Worlds76KG8F2015
8172Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWN/ANoGi Worlds76KG4F2015
8661Pedro MendoncaWBotinhaEuropean Open76KGR12016
9133Gyula SzabóWN/ARome Open76KG4F2016
9134Douglas BarcelosWN/ARome Open76KGSF2016
9139Ralf CarnebornWFootlockEuropean NoGi76KGSF2016
9140Gyula SzabóWSubmissionEuropean NoGi76KGF2016
9679Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWBotinhaWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10381Paulo CotaWBotinhaFloripa Open76KGSF2016
10382Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWAdvFloripa Open76KGF2016
11287Sérgio FilhoWPointsADCC RJ77KGR12017
11291Leonardo NogueiraWHeel hookADCC RJ77KGR22017

Thiago Abreu vs Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira

Thiago Abreu vs Ricardo Rocha

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