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 50 WINS BY POINTS 28 (56%) BY ADVANTAGES 1 (2%) BY SUBMISSION 16 (32%) BY DECISION 5 (10%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 16 SUBMISSIONS WINS #214eb8 Toe hold 31 5 #86e620 Choke from back 13 2 #5AD3D1 RNC 6 1 #d1212a Kneebar 6 1 #fad11b Toe hook 6 1 #f58822 Triangle armbar 6 1 #224aba Bow and arrow 6 1 #ff9124 Choke 6 1 #bf1f6c Omoplata 6 1 #22c9a5 Triangle 6 1 #fad223 Shoulder lock 6 1 16 (100%) SUBMISSIONS 38 LOSSES BY POINTS 18 (47%) BY ADVANTAGES 4 (11%) BY SUBMISSION 15 (39%) BY DECISION 0 (0%) BY PENALTIES 1 (3%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES #214eb8 Choke from back 33 5 #86e620 Armbar 20 3 #5AD3D1 Triangle 13 2 #d1212a Estima lock 7 1 #fad11b Choke 7 1 #f58822 Submission 7 1 #224aba Injury 7 1 #ff9124 Triangle armbar 7 1 15 (100%) SUBMISSIONS Thiago Sa Fight History ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year 5755Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F20145820Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF20146105Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP20146113Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP20146116Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP20146120Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP20146386Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR220156491Max CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F20156587C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF20156746Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F20157364Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F20158062Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF20158164Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF20158320Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF20158406Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF20158960Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F20168971Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF20169165Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F20169372Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR220169454C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR120169694Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF20169851Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR1201610723C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F201610760Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F201610986Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF201611472Valdir AraujoLPointsADCC RJ88KGR1201711653Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F201712810Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR1201713269Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPointsACBJJ 785KG4F201713904Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam RJ85KG8F201714025Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLArmbarSouth American88KGSF201714039Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLN/ASouth AmericanABS4F201714241Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR2201715034Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF201815049Juha LeppanenLPointsRome Open94KGSF201815196Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPointsACBJJ 1285KGSPF201815556Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarBrasileiro88KG4F201815593Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F20185196UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F20145198Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF20146486Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR220156579Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF20156581Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF20156583Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F20156743Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F20157230Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF20157231Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF20157359Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F20157883Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF20158059Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F20158163Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF20158165Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF20158166Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF20158307Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds85KG8F20158314Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds85KG4F20158319C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds85KGSF20158969Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF20169158Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F20169343Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR1201610215C. JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF201610216Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF201610754Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F201610984Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF201610996Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF201610997UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F201610998Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF201610999Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF201611542Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F201711543Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF201711544Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF201711558Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F201711559Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF201711560Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF201712048Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF201712049Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF201713900Gustavo SantiagoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR2201714022Flavio JunqueiraWPointsSouth American88KG4F201714034Stefano CorreaWPointsSouth AmericanABSR1201714214Adam MalaschWToe hookNoGi Worlds91KG4F201714237Daniel SethWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR1201714402Josh HingerJosh HingerWPointsACB 1085KGSPF201814922Antonio JuniorWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN110KG4F201814924Lukasz LePlankaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN110KGSF201814926Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGF201815030Alberto OrtizWPts: 25x2European NoGi91KGSF201815031Nicholas PenzerWPts: 15x0European NoGi91KGF201815550Marcos GoulartWPointsBrasileiro88KGR1201815586Tony FerrazWPointsBrasileiroABSR12018 Thiago Sa Fortes vs Unknown .