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Thiago Sá Fortes

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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

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    34 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
32
6
#86e620
Choke from back
11
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hook
11
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
5
1
#fad11b
Choke
5
1
#f58822
Omoplata
5
1
#224aba
Triangle
5
1
#ff9124
Shoulder lock
5
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
5
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
5
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
5
1
#03861f
Armbar
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
46 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (33%)
  • 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
Estima lock
13
2
#fad11b
Choke
7
1
#f58822
Submission
7
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5818Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5885Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6181Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6189Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6192Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6196Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6478Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6583Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6681C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London WOABSSF2015
6840Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7462Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8171Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8275Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8433Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8519Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
9090Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9102Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9304Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9521Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9603C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9842Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
10002Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10909C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10945Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11177Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11736Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KGR22017
11934Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
13135Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13648Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14326Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14448Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14462Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14701Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15629Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15644Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15808Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
16214Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16252Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16507C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
17388Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
18592Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18634Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19936Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGF2019
20878Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusLEstima lockSpanish NatsABSSF2019
22041Freddy VosgroneLPointsEuropean NoGi97KGR12019
23021Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 4x1Emirates Pro94KGSF2020
5254UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5256Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6578Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6671Jason TanWPts: 16x0London WO88KGSF2015
6673Julien CazierWChokeLondon WO88KGF2015
6677Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon WOABS4F2015
6837Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7327Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7328Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7457Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7991Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8168Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8274Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8276Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8277Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8420Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8427Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8432C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
9100Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9297Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9492Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10378C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10379Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10939Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11175Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11187Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11188UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11189Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11190Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11808Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11809Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11810Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11824Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11825Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11826Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12339Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12340Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
14322Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14445Flavio JunqueiraFlavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14457Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14673Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14696Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14925Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15485Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15487Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15489Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15621Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15622Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
16208Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
16245Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16687Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
17385Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17387Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
17650Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
17651Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
17652Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
18587Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18626Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18631Max GimenisMax GimenisWToe hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19931Eduardo MachadoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12019
19932Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
19935Adriano LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2019
20875Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 2x9Spanish Nats94KGSF2019
20876Marek ZbrogWArmbarSpanish Nats94KGF2019
23020Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWReferee DecisionEmirates Pro94KG4F2020
23474Andrzej IwatWDQGrand Slam LDN120KGSF2020
23475Walter SantosWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN120KGF2020

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