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

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF European Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF European No-Gi Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Santa Cruz Pro Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF London Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2018)

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Rio Open Champion (2012* brown)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National Champion (2013 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
35
6
#86e620
Choke from back
12
2
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
6
1
#d1212a
Triangle
6
1
#fad11b
Shoulder lock
6
1
#f58822
RNC
6
1
#224aba
Kneebar
6
1
#ff9124
Toe hook
6
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
6
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
6
1
#fad223
Choke
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (13%)
  • 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
Submission
7
1
#fad11b
Injury
7
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
7
1
#224aba
Estima lock
7
1
#ff9124
Choke
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5765Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5830Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6115Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6123Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6126Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6130Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6397Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6502Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6598C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6757Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7375Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8079Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8183Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8341Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8427Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
8983Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
8995Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9189Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9398Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9480C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9719Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
9876Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10756C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10792Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11018Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11514Valdir AraujoLPointsADCC RJ88KGR12017
11699Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
12860Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13346Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
13990Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14112Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14126Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14339Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15144Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15159Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15315Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
15689Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
15726Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
15975C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16738Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
5206UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5208Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6497Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6590Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF2015
6592Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF2015
6594Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6754Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7241Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7242Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7370Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7900Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8076Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8182Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8184Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8185Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8328Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8335Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8340C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
8993Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9182Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9369Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10241C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10242Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10786Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11016Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11028Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11029UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11030Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11031Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11584Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11585Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11586Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11600Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11601Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11602Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12095Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12096Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
13986Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14109Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14121Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14312Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14335Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14508Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15032Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15034Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15036Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15140Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15141Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
15683Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
15719Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16141Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
16735Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
16737Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
16977Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
16978Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
16979Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018

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