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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
Omoplata
5
1
#fad11b
Triangle
5
1
#f58822
Shoulder lock
5
1
#224aba
RNC
5
1
#ff9124
Kneebar
5
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
5
1
#22c9a5
Armbar
5
1
#fad223
Bow and arrow
5
1
#03861f
Choke
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
Submission
7
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
7
1
#224aba
Choke
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5816Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5883Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6179Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6187Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6190Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6194Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6476Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6581Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6679C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London WOABSSF2015
6838Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7460Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
8169Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8273Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8431Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2015
8517Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
9088Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9100Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
9302Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9519Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9601C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9840Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
10000Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10907C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10943Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11175Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11734Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KGR22017
11932Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
13133Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13648Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14329Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2017
14451Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF2017
14465Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F2017
14704Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15646Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15661Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF2018
15825Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF2018
16231Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16269Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16524C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12018
17412Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
18629Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18671Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19992Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGF2019
20938Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusLEstima lockSpanish NatsABSSF2019
22111Freddy VosgroneLPointsEuropean NoGi97KGR12019
23096Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 4x1Emirates Pro94KGSF2020
5252UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5254Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6576Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6669Jason TanWPts: 16x0London WO88KGSF2015
6671Julien CazierWChokeLondon WO88KGF2015
6675Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon WOABS4F2015
6835Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7325Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7326Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7455Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7989Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8166Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8272Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8274Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8275Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8418Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F2015
8425Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F2015
8430C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF2015
9098Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9295Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9490Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10376C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10377Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10937Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
11173Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
11185Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
11186UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
11187Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
11188Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11806Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11807Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11808Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11822Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11823Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11824Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
12337Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
12338Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017
14325Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR22017
14448Flavio JunqueiraFlavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F2017
14460Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12017
14676Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F2017
14699Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14933Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15502Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15504Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15506Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF2018
15638Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF2018
15639Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF2018
16225Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR12018
16262Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018
16704Ayub MagomadovWToe holdACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
17409Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17411Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KGSF2018
17674Toni FerrazWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KG4F2018
17675Victor BonfimWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGSF2018
17676Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoWPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
18624Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18663Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18668Max GimenisMax GimenisWToe hookNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19987Eduardo MachadoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12019
19988Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
19991Adriano LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGSF2019
20935Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 2x9Spanish Nats94KGSF2019
20936Marek ZbrogWArmbarSpanish Nats94KGF2019
23095Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWReferee DecisionEmirates Pro94KG4F2020
23562Andrzej IwatWDQGrand Slam LDN120KGSF2020
23563Walter SantosWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN120KGF2020

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