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: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Thiago Fortes Main Achievements: IBJJF European Champion (2014) IBJJF European No-Gi Champion (2017) IBJJF Santa Cruz Pro Champion (2015) IBJJF Rio Open Champion (2012 brown open weight) IBJJF London Open Champion (2015) IBJJF Brazilian National Champion (2013 brown) IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion (2014) IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2015) 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 42 WINS BY POINTS 22 (52%) BY ADVANTAGES 1 (2%) BY SUBMISSION 15 (36%) BY DECISION 4 (10%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 15 SUBMISSIONS WINS #214eb8 Toe hold 33 5 #86e620 Shoulder lock 7 1 #5AD3D1 RNC 7 1 #d1212a Kneebar 7 1 #fad11b Toe hook 7 1 #f58822 Triangle armbar 7 1 #224aba Bow and arrow 7 1 #ff9124 Choke 7 1 #bf1f6c Omoplata 7 1 #22c9a5 Choke from back 7 1 #fad223 Triangle 7 1 15 (100%) SUBMISSIONS 33 LOSSES BY POINTS 16 (48%) BY ADVANTAGES 3 (9%) BY SUBMISSION 13 (39%) BY DECISION 0 (0%) BY PENALTIES 1 (3%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 13 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES #214eb8 Choke from back 38 5 #86e620 Armbar 23 3 #5AD3D1 Triangle 15 2 #d1212a Choke 8 1 #fad11b Submission 8 1 #f58822 Injury 8 1 13 (100%) SUBMISSIONS Thiago Sa Fight History ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year 5732Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F20145792Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF20146077Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP20146085Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP20146088Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP20146092Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP20146352Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR220156457Max CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F20156550C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF20156709Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F20157322Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F20158001Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF20158103Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF20158257Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds88KGF20158343Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF20158890Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F20168901Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF20169095Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F20169302Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR220169384C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR120169624Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF20169781Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR1201610637C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F201610674Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F201610900Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF201611379Valdir AraujoLPointsADCC RJ88KGR1201711551Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F201712697Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR1201713145Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F201713761Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F201713878Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF201713892Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F201714080Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR220175179UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F20145181Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF20146452Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR220156542Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF20156544Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF20156546Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F20156706Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F20157188Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF20157189Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF20157317Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F20157834Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF20157998Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F20158102Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF20158104Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF20158105Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF20158244Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds88KG8F20158251Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds88KG4F20158256C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGSF20158899Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF20169088Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F20169273Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR1201610137C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF201610138Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF201610668Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F201610898Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF201610910Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF201610911UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F201610912Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF201610913Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF201611447Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F201711448Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF201711449Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF201711462Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F201711463Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF201711464Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF201711946Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF201711947Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF201713757Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR2201713875Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F201713887Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR1201714053Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F201714076Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017 Thiago Sa Fortes vs Unknown .