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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)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Nat. No-Gi Champion (2018)
  • 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)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2018**)

** Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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

62 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
33
6
#86e620
Choke from back
11
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hook
11
2
#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
Triangle armbar
6
1
#fad223
Bow and arrow
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
43 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    20 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
36
5
#86e620
Armbar
21
3
#5AD3D1
Triangle
14
2
#d1212a
Choke
7
1
#fad11b
Submission
7
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
7
1
#224aba
Estima lock
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5792Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5859Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6155Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6163Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6166Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6170Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6446Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6551Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6647C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6806Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7427Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8136Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8240Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8398Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8484Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
9045Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9057Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9257Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9469Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9551C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9790Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
9949Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10849C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10885Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11113Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11647Valdir AraujoLPointsADCC RJ88KGR12017
11834Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
13017Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13521Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14187Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14309Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14323Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14554Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15444Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15459Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15620Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
16019Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16057Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16308C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
17150Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
18296Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18338Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19562Matheus GodoyLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGF2019
5232UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5234Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6546Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6639Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF2015
6641Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF2015
6643Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6803Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7292Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7293Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7422Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7956Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8133Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8239Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8241Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8242Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8385Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8392Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8397C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
9055Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9250Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9440Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10320C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10321Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10879Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11111Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11123Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11124UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11125Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11126Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11719Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11720Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11721Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11735Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11736Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11737Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12235Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12236Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
14183Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14306Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14318Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14526Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14549Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14752Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15302Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15304Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15306Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15436Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15437Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
16013Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
16050Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16478Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
17147Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17149Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
17398Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
17399Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
17400Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
18291Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18330Valdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18335Max GimenisMax GimenisWToe hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19557Eduardo MachadoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12019
19558Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
19561Adriano LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2019

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