Thiago Tavares

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Thiago Tavares
Born (1984-11-08) November 8, 1984 (age 29)
Florianópolis, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Lightweight
Featherweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Florianópolis, Brazil
Team Brazilian Top Team
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 19
By knockout 2
By submission 13
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 3
By decision 2
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Thiago de Mello Tavares (born November 8, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He currently fights in the Featherweight division for the UFC.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tavares made his professional MMA debut in November 2003. He amassed an undefeated record of 10-0 in his first three years in the sport before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Lightweight[edit]

Tavares entered the UFC with an undefeated record and was highly regarded. Tavares outgrappled fellow UFC-newcomer Naoyuki Kotani to a unanimous decision, followed by a dominant submission victory over Jason Black. Tavares fought perennial contender Tyson Griffin to a unanimous decision loss, the first of his professional career, at UFC 76. They would win Fight of the Night honors for their performance.

Thiago rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over Michihiro Omigawa (who would later be ranked in the top ten of 145 pound fighters) at UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman. Tavares was knocked out in his next bout by Matt Wiman and lost a unanimous decision to Kurt Pellegrino nearly three months later. This marked the first time Tavares lost two straight contests after beginning his career with twelve straight wins.

Tavares defeated TUF finalist Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision at UFC 94 in a close fight.

Tavares and Nik Lentz fought to a majority draw at UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz. Tavares was deducted a point in the third round for a second full blown Muay Thai Kick to the groin of Lentz. After the fight Lentz was interviewed and had shared with a reporter his belief that Tavares had intentionally kicked him in the groin and happened to crack Lentz's metal cup.

Tavares was scheduled to face Melvin Guillard on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114,[1] but Tavares was forced off the card with an elbow injury.[2] He was replaced by Waylon Lowe.

Tavares was set to face Willamy Freire at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko taking place August 1, 2010.[3] However, on July 20, 2010, Freire withdrew because of an injury,[4] forcing the bout to be cancelled.[5]

Tavares faced UFC newcomer Pat Audinwood on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119, replacing an injured Aaron Riley.[6] Tavares defeated Audinwood via submission (guillotine choke) in the first round.

Tavares then faced Shane Roller on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[7] He lost the fight via KO in the second round. Though Tavares hurt Roller in the first round, he was unable to finish him. During the second round, Tavares was caught by a straight right from Roller that knocked him out.

Tavares defeated Spencer Fisher via second round TKO on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134.[8]

Tavares faced Sam Stout on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision after utilizing takedowns with his top control for most of the fight.

Tavares was expected to face Tony Ferguson on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3, replacing an injured Dennis Hallman.[10] However, Tavares was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Michael Johnson.[11]

Tavares was expected to face Dennis Hallman on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[12] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Tavares/Hallman was then rescheduled to October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[13] Just prior to the UFC on FX 5 weigh ins, Dennis Hallman alerted officials and Tavares that he would miss weight by 7 pounds. Tavares was given the option to take the fight anyways at a catchweight. He stated he would only fight if Hallman could make it within 3 lbs of the 156 lb limit. Hallman couldn't make it in the allowed time and so the bout was cancelled.[14][15]

Tavares next faced the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping.[16] He lost the fight via KO early in the first round. Following his loss to Nurmagomedov, it was announced that Tavares had tested positive for the banned substance Drostanolone during his post-fight drug test and, subsequently, has been suspended for nine-months retroactive to January 19th.[17][18]

Tavares was expected to face Quinn Mulhern on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[19] However, Mulhern pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Justin Salas.[20] Tavares won the fight via submission in the first round.

Featherweight[edit]

Tavares was expected to face promotional newcomer Zubair Tuhugov in a featherweight bout on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36.[21] However, Tavares was forced out of the bout citing a rib injury and replaced by Douglas Silva de Andrade.[22]

Tavares was expected to face Tom Niinimäki on May 31, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 41.[23] However, Tavares pulled out of the bout citing another injury[24] and was replaced by promotional newcomer Niklas Bäckström.[25]

In his eventual featherweight debut, Tavares faced Robbie Peralta on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[26] Tavares won the fight via submission in the first round. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[27]

Thiago is currently running for office in Santa Catarina, Brazil on Oct 5th 2014. He will be running under the Communist Party of Brazil.

Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–5–1 Robbie Peralta Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux August 16, 2014 1 4:27 Bangor, Maine, United States Featherweight debut; Performance of the Night.
Win 18–5–1 Justin Salas Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 1 2:38 Goiânia, Brazil
Loss 17–5–1 Khabib Nurmagomedov TKO (punches & elbows) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 1 1:55 São Paulo, Brazil Tavares tested positive for drostanalone after the fight.
Win 17–4–1 Sam Stout Decision (unanimous) UFC 142 January 14, 2012 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 16–4–1 Spencer Fisher TKO (punches) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 2 2:51 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 15–4–1 Shane Roller KO (punches) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann March 3, 2011 2 1:28 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 15–3–1 Pat Audinwood Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 119 September 25, 2010 1 3:47 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Draw 14–3–1 Nik Lentz Draw (majority) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 14–3 Manny Gamburyan Decision (unanimous) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–3 Kurt Pellegrino Decision (unanimous) UFC 88 September 6, 2008 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 13–2 Matt Wiman KO (punches) UFC 85 June 7, 2008 2 1:57 London, England Fight of the Night.
Win 13–1 Michihiro Omigawa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman January 23, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–1 Tyson Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC 76 September 22, 2007 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–0 Jason Black Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Stout vs. Fisher June 12, 2007 2 2:49 Hollywood, Florida, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 11–0 Naoyuki Kotani Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs. Guillard April 5, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–0 Marc Duncan Submission (rear-naked choke) It's Showtime 2006 Alkmaar December 3, 2006 1 3:39 Alkmaar, Netherlands Won It's Showtime title (−70 kg).
Win 9–0 Ulas Aslan TKO (punches) 2H2H: Pride & Honor November 12, 2006 1 N/A Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 8–0 Adriano Goncalves Submission (triangle choke) Sul Fight Championship 1 September 16, 2006 2 4:12 Santa Catarina, Brazil
Win 7–0 Romano de los Reyes Submission Rumble Of Amsterdam 3 May 21, 2006 2 1:24 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 6–0 Mathieu Lawalata Submission (heel hook) Rumble Of Amsterdam 3 May 21, 2006 1 0:59 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 5–0 Daniel Weichel Submission (guillotine choke) CWFC: Enter the Wolfslair March 5, 2006 3 4:47 Liverpool, England
Win 4–0 Marcio Cesar Submission (rear-naked choke) Storm Samurai 9 November 20, 2005 2 N/A Curitiba, Brazil
Win 3–0 Fabiano Adams Submission (choke) Extreme Combat June 5, 2005 1 0:55 Joinville, Brazil
Win 2–0 Johny Johny Submission (triangle choke) CO: Muay Thai & Vale Tudo May 2, 2004 1 4:38 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 1–0 James Jones Submission (triangle choke) Reality Fighting 5 November 1, 2003 2 1:18 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melvin Guillard v. Thiago Tavares at UFC 114". sbnation.com. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Thiago Tavares out of UFC 114 bout with Melvin Guillard due to elbow injury". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Thiago Tavares faces newcomer Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire at UFC on Versus 2". 
  4. ^ "Injury forces Willamy Freire off UFC on Versus 2; Thiago Tavares without opponent". mmajunkie.com. July 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "With no opponent available, Thiago Tavares pulled from UFC on Versus 2 fight card". mmajunkie.com. July 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Aaron Riley out, Thiago Tavares in against Pat Audinwood at UFC 119". mmajunkie.com. August 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Shane Roller vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. December 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for "UFC: Rio"". mmmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares slated for UFC 142 in Brazil". mmmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  10. ^ "Tavares replaces injured Hallman, faces Ferguson at UFC on Fox 3". mmajunkie.com. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Thiago Tavares out, Tony Ferguson now meets Michael Johnson on UFC on FOX 3". mmajunkie.com. March 29, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares moves from UFC 150 to UFC 151". mmajunkie.com. July 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dennis Hallman-Thiago Tavares fight moves from scrapped UFC 151 to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2012. 
  14. ^ Martin, Damon (2012-10-04). "Dennis Hallman Misses Weight Again; Bout with Thiago Tavares Cancelled for UFC on FX 5". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  15. ^ Morgan, John (2012-10-04). "UFC on FX 5's Dennis Hallman released, paid show money and win bonus". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  16. ^ "Thiago Tavares-Khabib Nurmagomedov Booked For January Brazil Event". fightline.com. November 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Thiago Tavares fails UFC On FX 7 post fight drug test, suspended 9 months". bloodyelbow.com. February 6, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Thiago Tavares Tests Positive For Drostanolone, Suspended Nine Months". mmajunkie.com. February 6, 2013. 
  19. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-09-09). "Thiago Tavares vs. Quinn Mulhern set for UFC Fight Night 32". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  20. ^ Staff (2013-09-27). "Justin Salas replaces injured Quinn Mulhern at UFC Fight Night 32". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  21. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-12-03). "Thiago Tavares meets UFC newcomer Zubair Tuhugov in featherweight debut". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  22. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-02-06). "Undefeated Douglas Silva replaces injured Thiago Tavares at UFC Fight Night 36". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  23. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-04-01). "Tom Niinimaki vs. Thiago Tavares added to UFC Fight Night card in Berlin". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  24. ^ Staff (2014-05-14). "Thiago Tavares Injured, Tom Niinimäki Awaiting New Opponent for UFC Berlin". mmaviking.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  25. ^ Staff (2014-05-15). "Bäckström Versus Niinimäki Booked for UFC Berlin". mmaviking.com. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  26. ^ Staff (2014-06-21). "Thiago Tavares drops to featherweight vs. Robbie Peralta at UFC Fight Night 47". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  27. ^ Staff (2014-08-17). "UFC Fight Night 47 bonuses: Boetsch, Thiago Tavares, Jouban, Baczynski win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 

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