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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

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
    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
5791Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5858Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6151Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6159Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6162Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6166Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6442Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6547Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6643C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6802Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7423Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8132Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8236Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8394Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8480Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
9041Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9053Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9253Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9465Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9547C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9786Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
9945Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10845C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10881Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11109Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11639Valdir AraujoLPointsADCC RJ88KGR12017
11826Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
13009Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13513Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14176Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14298Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14312Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14531Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15371Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15386Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15541Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
15924Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
15962Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16211C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
17039Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
18158Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18200Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
5231UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5233Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6542Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6635Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF2015
6637Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF2015
6639Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6799Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7288Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7289Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7418Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7952Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8129Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8235Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8237Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8238Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8381Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8388Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8393C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
9051Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9246Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9436Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10316C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10317Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10875Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11107Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11119Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11120UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11121Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11122Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11711Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11712Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11713Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11727Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11728Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11729Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12227Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12228Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
14172Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14295Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14307Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14503Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14526Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14704Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15238Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15240Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15242Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15367Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15368Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
15918Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
15955Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16377Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
17036Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17038Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
17281Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
17282Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
17283Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
18153Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18192Valdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18197Max GimenisMax GimenisWToe hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2018

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