Brad Tavares

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Brad Tavares
Born (1987-12-21) December 21, 1987 (age 26)
Kailua, Hawaii, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Team Team Tompkins
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 12
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 6
Losses 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Bradley Kaipo Sarbida Tavares[2] (born December 21, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Tavares fought in local promotions before competing on the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 11 in 2010.[3] As of May 26, 2014, he is #15 in official UFC middleweight rankings.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tavares started his MMA career in 2008 in his home state of Hawai'i, compiling a record of 5-0, with three technical knockouts and two submission wins. He originally started training with MMAD ran by the likes of Randy Leuder, Brandon Wolff (UFC), and Rob Hesia. He still returns home to Hawaii to train with MMAD/Gracie Technics when not training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. [5]

The Ultimate Fighter 11[edit]

In March 2010, Tavares was announced as part of the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. In the elimination round, Tavares defeated Jordan Smith via KO (knee) after less than a minute. He was selected fifth by Team Liddell and tenth overall.

Tavares then defeated James Hammortree in the second preliminary fight. After two rounds, the fight was declared a draw and the fighters went to a third round. Tavares took control in the third round and was declared the winner, advancing him into the quarter finals.

In the quarter-finals, Tavares fought Seth Baczynski. As the first round ended, Baczynski threw an illegal soccer kick to the head of Tavares. Baczynski immediately apologized, knowing he could have seriously hurt Tavares, who went to his corner and slumped. After discussing the matter with the doctors, Herb Dean stopped the fight and Tavares was declared the winner by disqualification, advancing him to the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, Tavares faced teammate Court McGee, for a place in the live final. After a fairly even first two rounds, Tavares was rocked late in the third. McGee then locked in a rear naked choke, handing Tavares his first loss.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

At The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale, Tavares had a rematch with Seth Baczynski.[6] Tavares defeated Baczynski via unanimous decision.

Tavares next faced UFC veteran Phil Baroni on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125.[7] He won the fight via KO in the first round.

Tavares faced Aaron Simpson on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132, replacing Jason Miller who was removed from the card.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Tavares was expected to face Tim Credeur on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137.[9] However, Creduer was forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Dustin Jacoby.[10] Unfortunately, Tavares was pulled out of the newly made fight due to injury, setting up a fight between Jacoby and fellow UFC newcomer Clifford Starks.[11]

Tavares fought Dongi Yang on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[12] Tavares won a closely contested fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Tavares next defeated former BAMMA middleweight champion and UFC newcomer Tom Watson via split decision on at UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic.[13]

Tavares faced Riki Fukuda on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8 and won via unanimous decision.[14]

Tavares faced Robert McDaniel on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Tavares faced Lorenz Larkin on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Tavares faced Yoel Romero at UFC on Fox 11.[16] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, ending his five-fight win streak.

Tavares is expected to face Tim Boetsch on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[17]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–2 Yoel Romero Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 12–1 Lorenz Larkin Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 15, 2014 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 11–1 Robert McDaniel Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 10–1 Riki Fukuda Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann March 3, 2013 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 9–1 Tom Watson Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic September 29, 2012 3 5:00 Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Win 8–1 Dongi Yang Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 7–1 Aaron Simpson Decision (unanimous) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Phil Baroni KO (knees and punches) UFC 125 January 1, 2011 1 4:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Seth Baczynski Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale June 19, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Jonathan Joao TKO (punches) X-1: Temple of Boom 4 March 7, 2009 1 N/A Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 4–0 Joshua Ferreira Submission (rear-naked choke) X-1: Temple of Boom 1 September 27, 2008 2 2:28 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 3–0 Devin Kauwe TKO (punches) Icon Sport: Hard Times August 2, 2008 1 1:52 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 2–0 John Ferrel Submission (rear-naked choke) Niko Vitale Promotions April 18, 2008 1 N/A Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 1–0 Thomas Sedano TKO (punches) MMAC: Conflict: The Beginning June 29, 2007 1 0:40 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". UFC.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2011%20Results%20Web/07-02-11%20MMA.pdf
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 11 cast unveiled with 28 middleweight fighters". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ "Team ATH Brad Tavares". ATH Sports Nutrition. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "TUF 11 Finale prelims include Tavares vs. Baczynski, Camozzi vs Hammortree". MMAJunkie.com. June 9, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares targeted for UFC 125 on Jan. 1". October 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "UFC 132: Aaron Simpson vs Brad Tavares fight booked for July 2 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. May 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tim Credeur vs. Brad Tavares added to UFC 137 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. July 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tim Credeur out, Dustin Jacoby in against Brad Tavares at UFC 137". MMAJunkie.com. October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "UFC 137: Brad Tavares injury promotes Jeff Curran vs Scott Jorgensen to televised fight card". MMAMania.com. October 21, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tavares vs. Yang added to UFC on FUEL TV 3". mmajunkie.com. February 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "UFC: Nottingham Adds Tom ‘Kong’ Watson vs. Brad Tavares". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Brad Tavares vs. Riki Fukuda Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". mmaweekly.com. 13 December 2012. 
  15. ^ Staff (2013-06-04). "McDaniel vs. Tavares to UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  16. ^ UFC News (2014-02-04). "#UFCFightNight in Orlando bout update! @bambamhealy vs @GamebredFighter and @BradTavares vs @YoelRomeroMMA. Tix on sale next Friday.". UFC. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  17. ^ Staff (2014-06-11). "Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares added to UFC Fight Night 47". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 

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