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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 at 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 a black belt.

Thiago Sá Fortes Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Thiago Sá Fortes Silva

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: M. Maeda > C. Gracie > H. Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Thiago Sá

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2014)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2017)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NoGi (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Santa Cruz BJJ Pro (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2014)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2018**)

** Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2012* brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Brazilian Nationals (2013 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Single Leg 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 realized 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

72 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
29
6
#86e620
Choke from back
10
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
10
2
#d1212a
Toe hook
10
2
#fad11b
Choke
5
1
#f58822
Omoplata
5
1
#224aba
Triangle
5
1
#ff9124
Shoulder lock
5
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
5
1
#22c9a5
Triangle armbar
5
1
#fad223
Armbar
5
1
#03861f
Inside heel hook
5
1
#039a1f
Bow and arrow
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
47 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

16 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
31
5
#86e620
Armbar
19
3
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
2
#d1212a
Estima lock
13
2
#fad11b
Choke
6
1
#f58822
Submission
6
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
6
1
#ff9124
Outside heel hook
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5832Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5899Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6195Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6203Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6206Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6210Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6496Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6601Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6699C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London WOABSSF2015
6858Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7480Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8189Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8293Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8451Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8537Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
9108Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9120Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9322Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9539Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9621C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9860Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
10020Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10927C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10963Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11195Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11759Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KGR22017
11957Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
13158Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13673Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14357Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14479Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14493Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14733Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15676Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15691Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15855Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
16263Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16301Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16556C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
17445Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
18667Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18709Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
20037Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGF2019
20982Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusLEstima lockSpanish NatsABSSF2019
22163Freddy VosgroneLPointsEuropean NoGi97KGR12019
23168Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 4x1Emirates Pro94KGSF2020
30306Jorge EscuderoLOutside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials99KG8F2022
5262UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5264Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6596Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6689Jason TanWPts: 16x0London WO88KGSF2015
6691Julien CazierWChokeLondon WO88KGF2015
6695Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon WOABS4F2015
6855Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7345Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7346Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7475Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
8009Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8186Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8292Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8294Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8295Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8438Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8445Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8450C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
9118Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9315Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9510Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10396C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10397Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10957Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11193Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11205Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11206UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11207Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11208Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11831Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11832Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11833Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11847Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11848Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11849Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12362Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12363Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
14353Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14476Flavio JunqueiraFlavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14488Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14705Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14728Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14963Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15532Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15534Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15536Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15668Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15669Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
16257Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
16294Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16736Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
17442Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17444Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
17707Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
17708Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
17709Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
18662Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18701Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18706Max GimenisMax GimenisWToe hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
20032Eduardo MachadoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12019
20033Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20036Adriano LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2019
20979Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 2x9Spanish Nats94KGSF2019
20980Marek ZbrogWArmbarSpanish Nats94KGF2019
23167Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWReferee DecisionEmirates Pro94KG4F2020
23637Andrzej IwatWDQGrand Slam LDN120KGSF2020
23638Walter SantosWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN120KGF2020
29729Marat KurbanovWPts: 4x0ACB World NG95KGSF2021
29994Francisco BonettoWInside heel hookADCC BR1 Trials99KGR12022
29999Patricio TomasWRNCADCC BR1 Trials99KGR22022
30004Diogo NascimentoWPts: 0x0, PenADCC BR1 Trials99KG4F2022
30301Jeancemy SilvaWPts: 3x0ADCC BR2 Trials99KGR22022

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