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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

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
Triangle
6
1
#fad11b
Shoulder lock
6
1
#f58822
RNC
6
1
#224aba
Kneebar
6
1
#ff9124
Triangle armbar
6
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
6
1
#22c9a5
Choke
6
1
#fad223
Omoplata
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
44 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (32%)
  • 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
Triangle armbar
7
1
#fad11b
Estima lock
7
1
#f58822
Choke
7
1
#224aba
Submission
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5807Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5874Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6170Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6178Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6181Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6185Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6468Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6573Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6669C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6828Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7449Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8158Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8262Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8420Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8506Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
9066Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9078Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9278Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9491Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9573C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9811Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
9970Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10875C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10911Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11139Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11685Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KGR22017
11872Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
13066Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13574Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14246Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14368Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14382Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14621Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15534Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15549Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15710Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
16116Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16154Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16407C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
17267Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
18434Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18476Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19730Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGF2019
21692Freddy VosgroneLPointsEuropean NoGi97KGR12019
5247UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5249Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6568Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6661Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF2015
6663Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF2015
6665Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6825Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7314Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7315Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7444Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7978Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8155Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8261Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8263Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8264Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8407Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8414Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8419C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
9076Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9271Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9462Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10346C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10347Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10905Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11137Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11149Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11150UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11151Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11152Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11757Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11758Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11759Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11773Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11774Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11775Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12276Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12277Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
14242Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14365Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14377Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14593Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14616Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14835Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15392Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15394Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15396Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15526Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15527Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
16110Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
16147Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16583Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
17264Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17266Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
17523Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
17524Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
17525Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
18429Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18468Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18473Max GimenisMax GimenisWToe hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19725Eduardo MachadoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12019
19726Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
19729Adriano LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2019

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