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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)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd 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

59 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (14%)
  • 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
Bow and arrow
6
1
#fad11b
Choke
6
1
#f58822
Omoplata
6
1
#224aba
Triangle
6
1
#ff9124
Shoulder lock
6
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
6
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
6
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
42 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    20 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (36%)
  • 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
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
5764Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5831Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6118Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6126Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6129Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6133Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6405Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6510Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6606C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6765Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7386Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8090Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8194Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8352Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8438Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
8997Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9009Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9209Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9421Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9503C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9742Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
9899Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10785C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10821Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11049Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11568Valdir AraujoLPointsADCC RJ88KGR12017
11753Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
12926Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13425Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14079Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14201Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14215Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14432Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15243Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15258Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15413Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
15792Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
15830Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16079C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
16884Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
17961Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18002Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
5205UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5207Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6505Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6598Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF2015
6600Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF2015
6602Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6762Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7251Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7252Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7381Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7911Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8087Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8193Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8195Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8196Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8339Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8346Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8351C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
9007Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9202Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9392Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10268C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10269Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10815Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11047Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11059Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11060UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11061Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11062Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11638Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11639Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11640Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11654Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11655Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11656Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12151Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12152Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
14075Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14198Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14210Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14405Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14428Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14601Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15128Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15130Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15132Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15239Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15240Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
15786Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
15823Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16245Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
16881Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
16883Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
17125Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
17126Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
17127Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
17956Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
17994Valdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
17999Max GimenisMax GimenisWToe hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2018

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