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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

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    34 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
32
6
#86e620
Choke from back
11
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hook
11
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
5
1
#fad11b
Choke
5
1
#f58822
Omoplata
5
1
#224aba
Triangle
5
1
#ff9124
Shoulder lock
5
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
5
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
5
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
5
1
#03861f
Armbar
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
46 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5809Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5876Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6172Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6180Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6183Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6187Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6470Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6575Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6671C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6830Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7452Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8161Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8265Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8423Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8509Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
9079Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9091Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9292Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9507Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9589C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9827Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
9987Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10893C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10929Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11157Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11710Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KGR22017
11900Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
13098Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13607Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14279Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14401Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14415Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14654Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15581Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15596Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15760Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
16166Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16204Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16456C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
17323Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
18508Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18550Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19826Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGF2019
20750Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusLEstima lockSpanish NatsABSSF2019
21882Freddy VosgroneLPointsEuropean NoGi97KGR12019
22790Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 4x1Emirates Pro94KGSF2020
5248UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5250Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6570Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6663Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF2015
6665Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF2015
6667Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6827Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7317Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7318Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7447Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7981Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8158Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8264Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8266Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8267Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8410Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8417Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8422C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
9089Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9285Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9478Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10363C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10364Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10923Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11155Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11167Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11168UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11169Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11170Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11782Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11783Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11784Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11798Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11799Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11800Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12305Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12306Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
14275Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14398Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14410Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14626Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14649Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14876Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15437Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15439Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15441Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15573Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15574Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
16160Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
16197Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16632Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
17320Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17322Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
17579Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
17580Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
17581Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
18503Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18542Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18547Max GimenisMax GimenisWToe hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19821Eduardo MachadoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12019
19822Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
19825Adriano LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2019
20747Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 2x9Spanish Nats94KGSF2019
20748Marek ZbrogWArmbarSpanish Nats94KGF2019
22789Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWReferee DecisionEmirates Pro94KG4F2020
23225Andrzej IwatWDQGrand Slam LDN120KGSF2020
23226Walter SantosWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN120KGF2020

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