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Thiago Gaia is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Marco Barbosa, having spent most of his lower belt career under the tutelage of Leonardo Vieira. Regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the sport since his purple belt campaign (2009/10), Gaia confirmed his talent as a black belt medalling in some of Brazil’s top tournaments, particularly in Sao Paulo’s No-Gi grappling scene.

Thiago Gaia Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Thiago Cardial Gaia

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez >Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Thiago Gaia

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2015)
  • 1st Place FPJJ Circuito Paulista No-Gi (2015 / 2013)
  • 2nd Place ADCC Brazilian Trials (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Champion (2007 junior blue)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2010 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2009 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2011 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: RNC

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

Team/Association: Checkmat JJ

Thiago Gaia Biography

Thiago Gaia was born on the 25th of March,1990. Although his family is historically from Ilhabela, an island located just off the coast of São Paulo, Thiago was born in the state capital. This was so his mother could receive adequate care during the birth of Thiago due to his being a risk pregnancy. The Gaia family returned to Ilhabela shortly after the birth of Thiago.

At the age of 8, Thiago’s mother enrolled him in a judo club in an attempt to ease off her son’s hyperactivity. The success of this experiment meant that from there on Gaia had a busy sporting life, playing football (soccer), swimming, sailing and at the age of 10 jiu-jitsu, with coach Rezende.

In the very beginning, Thiago’s motivation to start training jiu-jitsu was Price FC, particularly the performances of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the ring of the famous Japanese MMA promotion.

At first, BJJ was just a game, something followed half-heartedly, but as Thiago turned 15 he started focussing more in his training and developing a taste for competition.

At the age of 16, Thiago was promoted to blue belt by coach Nelson who ran an affiliate gym of the TT academy in São Sebastião. Gaia’s desire to improve and be the best grappler he could be led him to move to the capital – São Paulo, in order to train at the TT headquarters where names such as Cobrinha, Eduardo Telles, André Galvão, Tererê, and Marcelo Mafra trained.

TT ended up falling due to the demise of its leader. Thiago then found Leonardo Vieira (Brasa and later Checkmat) who was Gaia’s coach throughout his formation years, grading him with his purple and brown belts.

With most of Checkmat’s competitive team moving across to the US at the turn of 2010, Gaia was left with no choice but to seek a more viable option for his career. Seeking also to expand to MMA, Thiago moved to B9 of Marco Barbosa, while preparing for MMA at Chute Boxe Diego Lima.

It would be Barbosa who awarded Thiago his black belt on the 7th of December, 2012.

Thiago Gaia Grappling Record

16 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
50
3
#86e620
Short choke
33
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (17%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Calf slicer
33
1
#86e620
Armbar
33
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Gaia Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6950Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLCalf slicerADCC RJ77KGR12015
7033Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLArmbarADCC SP77KG4F2015
8390Mansher KheraMansher KheraLRNCNoGi Worlds73KGSF2015
17421Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiro NoGi73KG4F2018
19563Alef BritoAlef BritoLPointsSan Jose Open76KG4F2019
19593Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLAdvSan Jose NGO73KGF2019
5912Mario AndreWPts: 1x0Rematch G.77KGSPF2014
6360Eduardo InojosaWRNCSubmission OpenABSF2015
7029UnknownWShort chokeADCC SP77KGR12015
7031Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWReferee DecisionADCC SP77KG4F2015
7051J. GracieWRNCMandala77KGSPF2015
8275Eduardo MarinhoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi73KG4F2015
8277Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPointsBrasileiro NoGi73KG4F2015
8280Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 4x0Brasileiro NoGi73KGF2015
8383Andreas PeralesWTriangleNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8388Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
11304Jorge PatinoJorge PatinoWPts: 3x0Gold Team OpenABSF2016
13637Juliano RochaWN/ASP NoGi Open73KGSF2017
17413Elvis GomesWRNCBrasileiro NoGi73KG8F2018
19592Joe HistakaWN/ASan Jose NGO73KGSF2019
19990Shane TorresWAdvAmerican Cup70KGF2019
20443Andrew FonsecaWShort chokeF2W Pro 11677KGSPF2019

Thiago Gaia vs Rafael Mansur

Thiago Gaia vs Jonatas Gracie

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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