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Thiago Macedo

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Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

Thiago Macedo is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the renowned grappling coach Faustino Neto (Mestre Pina), also known as one of the key representatives of Rodrigo Pinheiro‘s school in the sport’s international circuit. Macedo is regarded as one of the toughest featherweight athletes of his generation, particularly while competing for the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) main circuit, where he conquered medals in numerous International Open tournaments.

Thiago Macedo Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Thiago Augusto Araujo Macedo

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Osvaldo Alves > Faustino Neto > Thiago Macedo

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Los Angeles Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Antonio Open (2017**/2016/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Long Beach Open (2017/2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Irvine Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Fall Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Summer Open (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Cincinnati Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Fall Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Orange County Open (2019)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam LA (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin No-Gi Open (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2016/2015/2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Austin Open (2016/2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Dallas No-Gi Open (2015)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam TYO (2019)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam MSK (2019)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam MIA (2020/2021)
  • 3rd Place AJP Grand Slam LA (2019)
  • 3rd Place AJP Grand Slam AD (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2012 purple)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship 3rd Place (2015 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Armbar

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

Team/Association: Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ

Thiago Macedo Biography

Thiago Macedo was born on November 27, 1994 in Manaus one of the major cities in northwestern Brazil, and the capital of the vast state of Amazonas.

As a 7 year old child Thiago was signed on to Jiu Jitsu classes by influence of his older brother – João Bosco who already was an assistant coach at Orley Lobato’s academy. Bosco and coach Francimar became Macedo’s first instructors as well as Orley himself.

During the first few years Macedo took jiu jitsu as an extracurricular activity, but as he reached his 11th birthday he started getting more competitive about his training and focusing on the competition side of the martial art.

Macedo moved from Lobato’s academy early on, to pursue his competitive goals in one of the most tournament driven schools in the state of Amazonas – Mestre Pina Academy, training under Pina himself (Faustino Neto) Thiago climbed the ranks of jiu jitsu, from blue to black belt (promoted on August 2015).

After high-school Thiago was offered the opportunity to travel to the United States. Macedo’s brother knew Rodrigo Pinheiro well (a Manauara coach residing in the US) and the two Bosco and Pinheiro arranged for a student exchange program between the two BJJ schools.

After this period residing in the US, Rodrigo Pinheiro showed interest in keeping Thiago Macedo over, competing and helping promote his academy. An offer full heatedly accepted by Macedo.

Thiago Macedo Grappling Record

129 WINS
    73 (57%)
    14 (11%)
    32 (25%)
    9 (7%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (1%)


Choke from back
50/50 armbar
Toe hold
Bow and arrow
    21 (35%)
    23 (38%)
    10 (17%)
    4 (7%)
    0 (0%)
    2 (3%)


Choke from back
Arm in Ezekiel

Thiago Macedo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7732Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 4x4, AdvAustin Open76KGF2015
8093Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
8113Ed RamosLPointsDallas NoGi Open73KGF2015
8381Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds67KG8F2015
8710Pedro MelloPedro MelloLPointsSan Antonio OpenABSSF2015
8733Inacio NetoInacio NetoLArmbarIrvine OpenABSSF2015
9469Jason SolizLEBI/OTOnnit Inv. 2ABS4F2016
9927Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLPts: 12x12, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR12016
10184Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats70KGF2016
10308Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 2x0Austin Open76KGF2016
10314Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 2x0Austin OpenABSSF2016
10872Kim TerraKim TerraLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KG4F2016
11656Gilson NunesGilson NunesLChoke from backAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2017
11828Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11836Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLKneebarHouston OpenABSSF2017
12901Jonathan ThomasJonathan ThomasLPointsMiami Spring Open70KGSF2017
13066Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.70KG8F2017
13315Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLAdvAmerican Nats70KGF2017
13346Wellington PerotoLPointsAmerican NatsABSR12017
13738Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backSan Diego Pro70KGSF2017
14369Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLChoke from backBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
15241Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarSan Francisco Open70KGSF2018
15337AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American70KG8F2018
15545Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 10x8Chicago Sp. Open70KGF2018
15696Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLPts: 2x0San Jose Open70KGF2018
16349Sivio DuranLReferee DecisionMiami Spring Open70KGF2018
16428Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16814Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 0x0, AdvNY BJJ Pro70KGF2018
16985Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLAdvOrlando Open70KG4F2018
17144Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesLPts: 0x0, AdvChicago SM Open70KGF2018
17462Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLPts: 4x2Atlanta SMO70KGSF2018
17506Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA69KGSF2018
17772Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro70KGF2018
18522Ian SandersIan SandersLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KG4F2018
18652Nathan OrchardLEBI/OTOnnit Inv. 1076KGSPF2018
18924Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLN/AAustin W. OpenABSF2019
19078Sergio RiosSergio RiosLChokeOC OpenABS4F2019
19294Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 4x2LA BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
19488Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2019
20157Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLAdvBrasileiro70KG4F2019
20408Yan CathalanLN/ADenver Open100KGF2019
20495Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22019
20679Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam MSK69KGF2019
20851Juan CleberLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NatsO100KGF2019
20966Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 2x2, AdvNY BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
21068Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPointsAustin SMO70KGF2019
21109Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21113Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 2x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
21134Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO69KGF2019
21557Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA69KGSF2019
22092Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 2x0Houston FO70KGF2019
22155Gabriel FigueiroGabriel FigueiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KGR12019
22707Thiago AbudThiago AbudLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGR12019
22830Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 5x2Grand Slam AD69KGSF2020
23464Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020
23795Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosLPts: 2x2, AdvAustin Open70KG4F2020
23853Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLArmbarGrand Slam MIA69KGF2020
26443Daniel DinizLReferee DecisionAmerican Nats76KGSF2021
27008Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA69KGF2021
27477Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MSK69KGSF2021
7730Ed RamosWPts: 4x4, AdvAustin Open76KGSF2015
8112Issa AbleWArmbarDallas NoGi Open73KGSF2015
8122Anthony VazquezWToe holdAll Valley NoGi77KGSF2015
8123J. RochaWPts: 10x0All Valley NoGi77KGF2015
8124Gerardo RodriguezWKatagatameAll ValleyABSSF2015
8125Josh RiosWArmbarAll ValleyABSF2015
8126John BarberraWChoke from backAll Valley79KGF2015
8127Todd KornfieldWPts: 8x0Texas GrapplingABSSPF2015
8704Ed RamosWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGF2015
8709Vitor PaschoalWAdvSan Antonio OpenABS4F2015
8720Nicollas WelkerWAdvIrvine Open76KGSF2015
8721Marcelo MottaWPts: 2x0Irvine Open76KGF2015
9077Zachary RapadasWReferee DecisionF2W 3ABSSPF2016
9081Chris WestfallWReferee DecisionF2W 6ABSSPF2016
10181Jonathan BurenWPts: 5x0American Nats70KG4F2016
10183Rick SlombaWAdvAmerican Nats70KGSF2016
10306Omar FrenchWArmbarAustin Open76KGSF2016
10312UnknownWPts: 2x0Austin OpenABS4F2016
10319Wesley GannWPointsAustin NG Open73KGF2016
10529Sam SnowWPts: 2x0Dallas Open76KGSF2016
10530John RickelWPts: 5x0Dallas Open76KGF2016
10668Levi MowlesWArmbarF2W 15ABSSPF2016
10862Paul WooWArmbarTexas Sub Hunter77KGSPF2016
11263Julian VegaWArmbarSan Antonio F. O.76KGF2016
11290Angel LopezWArmbarLong Beach Open76KGSF2016
11292AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0Long Beach Open76KGF2016
11834Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11838Chris WestfallWEBI/OTOnnit Inv. 477KGSPF2017
13058Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12017
13313Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 2x0American Nats70KGSF2017
13455Gabriel MartinsWPts: 2x0Austin Open70KGSF2017
13456Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 10x0Austin Open70KGF2017
13769Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA69KG4F2017
13771Vitor OtonielWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LA69KGSF2017
13772Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGF2017
14035Michael CoxWChokeDallas Fall Open70KGSF2017
14036Omar FrenchWChoke from backDallas Fall Open70KGF2017
14163Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14164Silvio DuranSilvio DuranWAdvMiami Fall Open70KGF2017
14246John MorganWPts: 5x0Long Beach Open70KGSF2017
14247Nicollas WelkerWAdvLong Beach Open70KGF2017
14498Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWArmbarSan Antonio Open70KGSF2017
14499Gabriel MartinsWPts: 10x0San Antonio Open70KGF2017
14507Charles McguireWArmbarSan Antonio OpenABSSF2017
14600John LawrenceWArmbarCincinnati Open70KGSF2017
14601Silvio DuranSilvio DuranWPts: 0x0, AdvCincinnati Open70KGF2017
14966Ian SandersIan SandersWPts: 5x0Los Angeles Open70KGSF2018
14967Bruno CarvalhoWChoke from backLos Angeles Open70KGF2018
15001Chris K.WKimura/triangleAtlanta W. Open70KGSF2018
15003Jeffrey CummingsWReferee DecisionAtlanta W. Open70KGF2018
15099Joao TavaresWPts: 5x0Houston Open70KGSF2018
15101Adam FerraraAdam FerraraWChoke from backHouston Open70KGF2018
15543Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsChicago Sp. Open70KGSF2018
15693Bruno ValdivinoWN/ASan Jose Open70KG4F2018
15946Joshua RodriguezWArmbarDenver Open70KGSF2018
15947Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyWPts: 7x0Denver Open70KGF2018
15961Khristopher GonzalezWBotinhaDenver NG Open73KGSF2018
15962Marcus WilsonWPts: 2x0Denver NG Open73KGF2018
16347Adam FerraraAdam FerraraWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Spring Open70KGSF2018
16419Fred AlvesWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGR12018
16652Jonathan BurenWPts: 2x0American Nat.70KG4F2018
16655Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
16656Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat.70KGF2018
16813Silvio DuranSilvio DuranWPts: 0x0, AdvNY BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
16893Gabriel MartinsWPointsAustin Open70KGF2018
17043Spenser NogawaWPointsSeattle Open70KGSF2018
17045Cole FransonCole FransonWPointsSeattle Open70KGF2018
17143Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPointsChicago SM Open70KGSF2018
17501Nielton MendesWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA69KG4F2018
17510Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGRR2018
17511Vitor MoraesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA69KG3RD2018
17771Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsLA BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
17805Raphael CadenaWPointsMiami Fall Open100KGF2018
18402Tyrone GonsalvesWN/ASan Antonio OpenABSSF2018
18507Richard AlvarezWPointsNoGi Worlds67KGR12018
18516Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGR22018
18922Ruben CoronadoWN/AAustin W. OpenABS4F2019
18923Jimmy LugoWN/AAustin W. OpenABSSF2019
19075Victor RodriguesWPointsOC OpenO100KGF2019
19143Michael PepioWChokeMiami W. Open94KGSF2019
19144Michael PepioWSubmissionMiami W. Open94KGF2019
19482Fred AugustoWReferee DecisionPan American70KG8F2019
19787Vinicius GimenesW50/50 armbarOrlando SPO100KGF2019
20143Marcelo OliveiraWArmbarBrasileiro70KGR12019
20487Murilo AmaralMurilo AmaralWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12019
20673Victor MoraesWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK69KG4F2019
20677Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backGrand Slam MSK69KGSF2019
20850Manuel AntonioWPointsAmerican NatsO100KGSF2019
21063Jacob AllphinWN/AAustin SMO70KG4F2019
21067Gabriel MartinsWPointsAustin SMO70KGSF2019
21118Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21130Jun Yong ChoWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21131Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21432Juan GarciaWPointsDallas SMO70KGSF2019
21434Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPointsDallas SMO70KGF2019
21553Eric PhanEric PhanWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA69KG4F2019
21562Ariel TabakWPts: 2x9Grand Slam LA69KGRPC2019
21563Rafael MansurRafael MansurWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA69KG3RD2019
21867Raphael CadenaWPointsAtlanta SM OpenO100KGSF2019
21868Silvio DuranSilvio DuranWPointsAtlanta SM OpenO100KGF2019
22828Diogo FreitasWPts: 5x4Grand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22833Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KGRPC2020
22835Ariel TabakWPts: 3x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2020
23024Yuri SantosWPts: 6x0Austin W. Open94KGF2020
23138Juan CalderonWPts: 2x0Mexico Pro69KG4F2020
23139Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 2x0Mexico Pro69KGSF2020
23140Yijad MoussaWArmbarMexico Pro69KGF2020
23161Alexander YablongWPts: 9x0New Orleans Open100KGSF2020
23162Rodrigo MartinsWArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGF2020
23460Tyrone ElliottWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23463Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23545Yuri SantosWPointsAustin WOO100KGF2020
23847Giovanni CarvalhoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA69KG4F2020
23851Raphael CadenaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA69KGSF2020
23969Gabriel SilvaWTrianglePan American70KGR12020
23973Adam BenayounAdam BenayounW50/50 armbarPan American70KG8F2020
23979Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 4x0Pan American70KG4F2020
23984Samuel NagaiSamuel NagaiWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGSF2020
23985Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2020
24814Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPointsThird Coast70KGSPF2020
25070Cole FransonCole FransonWReferee DecisionF2W 16770KGSPF2021
26441Luan AndreiWPts: 2x0American Nats76KG4F2021
27002Carlos AlvarezWPts: 7x1Grand Slam MIA69KG4F2021
27006Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA69KGSF2021
27267Alberto SerranoWPts: 9x2NA Continental69KGRR2021
27268Alberto SerranoWChoke from backNA Continental69KGRR2021
27321Michael LaviolaWPts: 6x0Pan American70KGR12021
27480Abu KhadaevWPts: 11x0Grand Slam MSK69KGRPC2021
27482D. RazmadzeWPts: 5x2Grand Slam MSK69KG3RD2021

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