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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: 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

37 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
38
5
#86e620
Choke from back
8
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
8
1
#d1212a
Shoulder lock
8
1
#fad11b
RNC
8
1
#f58822
Kneebar
8
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
8
1
#ff9124
Choke
8
1
#bf1f6c
Omoplata
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
42
5
#86e620
Armbar
17
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
17
2
#d1212a
Injury
8
1
#fad11b
Choke
8
1
#f58822
Submission
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Thiago Sa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5654Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5714Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x4SP Open NoGi88KGSF2014
6000Erberth S.LPts: 6x2Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6008Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 6x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6011Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6015Gregor GracieGregor GracieLChokeCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6263Henrique LimaLSubmissionEuropeanABSR22015
6368Max CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean88KG4F2015
6458C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 6x4London Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6617Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2015
7222Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7900Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams88KGSF2015
8002Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 4x2Miami Open88KGF2015
8156Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2015
8239Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro94KGSF2015
8781Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPointsUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
8792Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSF2016
8986Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLArmbarPan American88KG4F2016
9193Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backWorld ProABSR22016
9275C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGR12016
9515Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLInjuryAtlanta BJJ Pro94KGSF2016
9672Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGR12016
10518C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds85KG4F2016
10555Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
10781Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarParis Open88KGF2016
11244Valdir AraujoLPointsADCC RJ88KGR12017
11416Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backACBJJ GP85KG4F2017
12555Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
5108UnknownWPointsEuropean88KG4F2014
5110Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2014
6363Julien SilvaWBow and arrowEuropean88KGR22015
6450Jason TanWPts: 16x0London Winter Op.88KGSF2015
6452Julien CazierWChokeLondon Winter Op.88KGF2015
6454Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6614Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 11x10Pan American88KG8F2015
7089Jordan LutskyWPointsLas Vegas Open88KGSF2015
7090Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 6x4Las Vegas Open88KGF2015
7217Victor BonfimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7733Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
7897Gottrell KingWToe holdNoGi Pan Ams88KG4F2015
8001Gustavo SantiagoWOmoplataMiami Open88KGSF2015
8003Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWReferee DecisionMiami OpenABSSF2015
8004Gustavo SantiagoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSF2015
8143Steven PattersonWTriangleNoGi Worlds88KG8F2015
8150Josh HingerJosh HingerWToe holdNoGi Worlds88KG4F2015
8155C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGSF2015
8790Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x0UAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
8979Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9164Jose OliveiraWShoulder lockWorld ProABSR12016
10028Craig JonesWPts: 7x0One ChallengeO75KGSF2016
10029Viking WongWPts: 6x4One ChallengeO75KGF2016
10549Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
10779Toni FavierWToe holdParis Open88KGSF2016
10791Toni FavierWRNCParis NG Open85KGF2016
10792UnknownWToe holdParis NG Open85KG4F2016
10793Bruno OliveiraWPts: 14x0Paris NG Open85KGSF2016
10794Samuel MoninWPts: 6x0Paris NG Open85KGF2016
11312Alessandro SoaresWPts: 34x0BH Summer Open88KG4F2017
11313Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 4x0BH Summer Open88KGSF2017
11314Marlon OliveiraWPts: 11x4BH Summer Open88KGF2017
11327Andre CavalcanteWPts: 8x0BH NG S. Open85KG4F2017
11328Rafael FragaWKneebarBH NG S. Open85KGSF2017
11329Marlon OliveiraWToe holdBH NG S. Open85KGF2017
11808Jesse UrholinJesse UrholinWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGSF2017
11809Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi92KGF2017

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