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Thiago Abud is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Murilo Santana, who worked extensively with Fernando Yamasaki, well-known in the sport/martial art’s international competitive circuit as a representative of the Unity Jiu-Jitsu Academy. A successful athlete, Abud is also well known for his drastic career change. After being a successful entrepreneur for a number of years, 30YO Thiago opted to quit his well-paid job to follow his passion and pursue life as a professional grappling competitor, reaching success at the highest level by conquering important medals on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league, including medals.

Thiago Abud Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Thiago Aguiar Abud

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  C. Gracie > H. Gracie > R. Gracie > M. Behring > Mario Yamasaki > Murilo Santana > Thiago Abud

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Munich Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Poznan Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rome Spring Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Fall Open NoGi (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2019 / 2021)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NoGi (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IJJF South American Championship (2001 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Masters World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2015 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NoGi (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2002 blue)

Favorite Position/Technique: Inside DLR

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Unity JJ

Thiago Abud Biography

Thiago Abud was born on August 3, 1984, in São Paulo, Brazil, growing up on the southeast side of the state’s capital.

A sporty child while growing up, Thiago practiced and competed in a number of sports, from swimming to tennis and soccer (as a goalkeeper) – where he played at an international club level. Later joining speed skating to his activities.

Martial arts appeared in Abud’s life at the age of 12, through judo. Nearly 2 years prior to starting jiu-jitsu. Thiago’s initial intention was to train BJJ, though this took some convincing to his parents who believed submission-grappling was too violent of a sport. Instead, Abud joined a judo club and spent almost two years persuading his mother to allow him to join a jiu-jitsu academy, a wish granted to the young athlete when he was close to his 13th birthday.

The well-known Fernando Yamasaki was Thiago’s very first instructor, a coach with a wide-ranging experience in grappling sports. Fernando promoted Abud with his yellow, orange, green, and blue belts.

Although successful in his early days as a competitor, Thiago suffered a severe injury to his arm at the age of 16, one that set him back for 18 months. Once he returned to the mats, Thiago still felt diminished from his injury, having a hard time finding his path as a full-time competitor. For that reason, Abud decided to quit his initial plan of pursuing a professional path in BJJ and opted for law school.

Thiago returned to the mats at the age of 22, solely for recreational purposes. Training 3x per week with Murilo Santana – a student of the Yamasaki family. After a few years of working as a legal attorney, at the age of 30, Abud decided to take a chance and become a professional grappler.

Abud’s return to the professional jiu-jitsu circuit was a fruitful one, as Thiago conquered plenty of important medals in the IBJJF circuit, including a World Masters title and medals at the World and Pan tournaments. This high rate of success earned Abud his black belt from Murilo Santana on February 23, 2019.

Thiago Abud Grappling Record

18 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (11%)

0 SUBMISSION WINS

17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Kneebar
22
2
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Botinha
22
2
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
22
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
11
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
11
1
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Arm in Ezekiel
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Abud Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
19517Eldar RafigaevEldar RafigaevLKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
20582Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLBotinhaWorld Champ.70KGR12019
21761Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro NoGi67KGSF2019
22022Sam McNallySam McNallyLPts: 4x0London FO70KGSF2019
22131Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
22821Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLBotinhaNoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
23521Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezLToe holdKansas Open70KGSF2020
24114Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 6x4Pan American70KG8F2020
24212Logan SantosLGuillotineNFC All Valley79KGSF2020
24419Windson RamosLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24482Jordan MoreLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSR12020
25197Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 8x2Dallas NGO73KGSF2021
25217Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGOABS4F2021
25380Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backOrlando Open76KGSF2021
25409Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLArm in EzekielOrlando OpenABSSF2021
26060Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosLPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Am.67KGSF2021
27705Jack SearLGuillotineADCC EU Trials66KGR22021
19516Mikhail ShishukWPts: 5x0Budapest NGOABSSF2019
19518Krzysztof FlakWPts: 6x0Poznan Open70KGF2019
19831Lucas GoncalvesWPts: 4x2Rome Open70KGF2019
21552Hiago GamaHiago GamaWDQNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12019
21556Silvio DuranSilvio DuranWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.67KG4F2019
21757N/AWPts: 4x0Brasileiro NoGi67KGR12019
21758N/AWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi67KG4F2019
22040J. JuanmartinenaWPts: 2x0London FNGO67KGSF2019
22041Sam Mc NallyWPts: 4x0London FNGO67KGF2019
22818Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGR12019
23519Orlando CastilloWPts: 2x0Kansas Open70KG4F2020
24103Charles MurdockWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American70KGR12020
24209Reese LaFeverWPts: 12x5NFC All Valley79KG4F2020
25195Dylan WhyteWDQDallas NGO73KG4F2021
25405Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWPts: 2x2, AdvOrlando OpenABS4F2021
26055Jonathan RodriguesWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.67KG8F2021
26059D Shaun OrandeyWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.67KG4F2021
27704N/AWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials66KGR12021
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