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Thiago Sá Fortes is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Ricardo Vieira, and a top level competitor in the IBJJF tournament circuit, representing the Checkmat academy. Thiago earned his black belt in the beginning of 2014, after winning the Rio Open and the Brazilian Nationals as a brown belt, Thiago hit the ground running and immediately made a name for himself by winning the European Open and the Las Vegas Open in his first year as black belt.

Thiago Sá Fortes Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Thiago Sá Fortes Silva

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Thiago Fortes

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF European Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF European No-Gi Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Santa Cruz Pro Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Rio Open Champion (2012 brown open weight)
  • IBJJF London Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2015)

Favorite Position/Technique: X-Guard

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat BJJ

Thiago Sá Fortes Biography

Thiago Sá Fortes was born on the 5th of March, 1990 in Alfenas, state of Minas Gerais – Brazil, but grew up in the south of the state, in a small town called Perdões. As a child he practised a bit of Karate and Capoeira, but not seriously. Another sport he played was football, and it was walking to his football practice that he started paying attention to a Jiu Jitsu school near the soccer pitch.

Thiago was 12 at the time, and every day after football practice, he would stop by the same Jiu Jitsu academy and watch the people training. One day he decided to ask his father the enrol him in Jiu Jitsu too. No one believed he would stay in Jiu Jitsu for long, his friends even mocked him for it, but very soon after this Thiago decided to quit football for good and dedicate all his spare time to the mats.

A purple belt named Cristiano was Thiago’s first coach in a very small gym that had usually a handful of students in class. Training consistently and with full dedication, Thiago soon realised that he was quickly ‘outgrowing’ this gym, even though he was still in his early teens. He decided to look for a tougher academy. In Thiago’s search for a new place to train, he met Maximiliano Campos, a very talented competitor who also taught BJJ in a nearby town. Thiago’s desire to grow in the sport was such that even at such a young age, he decided to move towns so he could be closer “Max” Campos’ gym. He was awarded his purple belt by Campos when he was 16 years old.

In 2012 Thiago (as a brown belt) decided to try and make it as a professional athlete. With that in mind he moved to Rio de Janeiro where some of the best training and competitions occur. There Thiago joined Ricardo Vieira‘s gym (Fightzone). Vieira welcomed Thiago and opened the doors of his academy to the Minas Gerais native, allowing him to live at the famous Copacabana gym for over a year. It was “Rico” who awarded Thiago his black belt on January 2014, after a sequence of good results. In his first competition as a black belt, Thiago got his first black belt gold medal, at the important European Open (IBJJF), one of the top tournaments in the world.

Thiago Sa Grappling Record

51 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
35
6
#86e620
Choke from back
12
2
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
6
1
#d1212a
Choke
6
1
#fad11b
Omoplata
6
1
#f58822
Triangle
6
1
#224aba
Shoulder lock
6
1
#ff9124
RNC
6
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
6
1
#22c9a5
Toe hook
6
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
39 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
5
#86e620
Armbar
20
3
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
2
#d1212a
Choke
7
1
#fad11b
Submission
7
1
#f58822
Injury
7
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
7
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5755Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5820Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6105Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6113Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6116Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6120Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6386Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6491Max CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6587C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6746Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7364Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8062Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8164Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8320Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8406Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
8960Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
8971Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9165Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9372Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9454C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9694Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
9851Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10726C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10763Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
10989Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11485Valdir AraujoLPointsADCC RJ88KGR12017
11666Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
12825Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13301Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
13942Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14064Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14078Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14282Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15084Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15099Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15249Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
15620Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
15657Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
15906C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
5196UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5198Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6486Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6579Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF2015
6581Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF2015
6583Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6743Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7230Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7231Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7359Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7883Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8059Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8163Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8165Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8166Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8307Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8314Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8319C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8969Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9158Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9343Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10215C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10216Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10757Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
10987Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
10999Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11000UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11001Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11002Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11555Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11556Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11557Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11571Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11572Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11573Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12061Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12062Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
13938Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14061Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14073Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14255Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14278Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14451Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
14972Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
14974Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
14976Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15080Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15081Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
15614Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
15650Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16070Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018

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