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
- 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 American Championship NoGi (2019)
- 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 American Championship NoGi (2018 brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World American Championship NoGi (2017 brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF Pan American 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
- BY DQ
0 SUBMISSION WINS
- BY DQ
5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Thiago Abud Fight History
|19317||Eldar RafigaevEldar Rafigaev||L||Kneebar||Budapest NGO||ABS||F||2019|
|20359||Kennedy MacielKennedy Maciel||L||Botinha||World Champ.||70KG||R1||2019|
|21491||Danilo MoreiraDanilo Moreira||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Brasileiro NoGi||67KG||SF||2019|
|21850||Gabriel SousaGabriel Sousa||L||Kneebar||European NoGi||67KG||R1||2019|
|22488||Gabriel MarangoniGabriel Marangoni||L||Botinha||NoGi Worlds||67KG||4F||2019|
|23110||Emilio HernandezEmilio Hernandez||L||Toe hold||Kansas Open||70KG||SF||2020|
|19316||Mikhail Shishuk||W||Pts: 5x0||Budapest NGO||ABS||SF||2019|
|19318||Krzysztof Flak||W||Pts: 6x0||Poznan Open||70KG||F||2019|
|19622||Lucas Goncalves||W||Pts: 4x2||Rome Open||70KG||F||2019|
|21298||Hiago GamaHiago Gama||W||DQ||No Gi Pan Am.||67KG||R1||2019|
|21302||Silvio DuranSilvio Duran||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||No Gi Pan Am.||67KG||4F||2019|
|21487||N/A||W||Pts: 4x0||Brasileiro NoGi||67KG||R1||2019|
|21488||N/A||W||Pts: 2x0||Brasileiro NoGi||67KG||4F||2019|
|21763||J. Juanmartinena||W||Pts: 2x0||London Fall NGO||67KG||SF||2019|
|21764||Sam Mc Nally||W||Pts: 4x0||London Fall NGO||67KG||F||2019|
|22485||Thiago MacedoThiago Macedo||W||Referee Decision||NoGi Worlds||67KG||R1||2019|
|23108||Orlando Castillo||W||Pts: 2x0||Kansas Open||70KG||4F||2020|