Brad Tavares

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Brad Tavares
Born (1987-12-21) December 21, 1987 (age 29)
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]
Style Kickboxing, Wrestling
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Team Extreme Couture / MMA Fitness Dubai
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 14
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 8
Losses 4
By knockout 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]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tavares started his MMA career in 2008 in his home state of Hawaii, 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 MMAHQ when not training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.[4]

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.[5] Tavares defeated Baczynski via unanimous decision.

Tavares next faced UFC veteran Phil Baroni on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125.[6] 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.[7] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Tavares was expected to face Tim Credeur on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137.[8] However, Creduer was forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Dustin Jacoby.[9] 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.[10]

Tavares fought Dongi Yang on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[11] 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.[12]

Tavares faced Riki Fukuda on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8 and won via unanimous decision.[13]

Tavares faced Robert McDaniel on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[14] 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.[15] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, ending his five-fight win streak.

Tavares next faced Tim Boetsch on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[16] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round,[17][18] marking the first time he had been stopped as a professional.

Tavares faced Nate Marquardt on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Tavares faced Robert Whittaker on May 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[20] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[21]

Tavares was very briefly linked to a bout with Thales Leites on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92. However, Tavares was forced out of the fight with a rib injury and replaced by Chris Camozzi.[22]

Tavares returned to face Caio Magalhães on September 10, 2016 at UFC 203.[23] He was awarded a split decision victory.[24]

Tavares was expected to face Hector Lombard on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23.[25] However, the bout was scrapped on January 10 due to undisclosed reasons.[26]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–4 Caio Magalhães Decision (split) UFC 203 September 10, 2016 3 5:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 13–4 Robert Whittaker KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt May 10, 2015 1 0:44 Adelaide, Australia
Win 13–3 Nate Marquardt Decision (unanimous) UFC 182 January 3, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–3 Tim Boetsch TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux August 16, 2014 2 3:18 Bangor, Maine, United States
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, Japan
Win 9–1 Tom Watson Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic September 29, 2012 3 5:00 Nottingham, England
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 João 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 0:18 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  2. ^[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 11 cast unveiled with 28 middleweight fighters". Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Team ATH Brad Tavares". ATH Organics. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "TUF 11 Finale prelims include Tavares vs. Baczynski, Camozzi vs Hammortree". June 9, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares targeted for UFC 125 on Jan. 1". October 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "UFC 132: Aaron Simpson vs Brad Tavares fight booked for July 2 in Las Vegas". May 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tim Credeur vs. Brad Tavares added to UFC 137 in Las Vegas". July 20, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. 
  9. ^ "Tim Credeur out, Dustin Jacoby in against Brad Tavares at UFC 137". October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ "UFC 137: Brad Tavares injury promotes Jeff Curran vs Scott Jorgensen to televised fight card". October 21, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Tavares vs. Yang added to UFC on FUEL TV 3". February 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "UFC: Nottingham Adds Tom 'Kong' Watson vs. Brad Tavares". Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Brad Tavares vs. Riki Fukuda Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". 13 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-06-04). "McDaniel vs. Tavares to UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Staff (2014-06-11). "Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares added to UFC Fight Night 47". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 47 results, photos: Boetsch struggles early, rallies to beat Tavares". 17 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Tim Boetsch TKO's Brad Tavares At UFC Fight Night 47 -". 
  19. ^ Staff (2014-10-23). "Nate Marquardt vs. Brad Tavares booked for UFC 182 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  20. ^ Staff (2012-02-17). "UFC Fight Night 65 official for Australia with Hunt-Miocic, Tavares-Whittaker, more". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  21. ^ Thomas Myers (10 May 2015). "UFC Fight Night 65 results: Robert Whittaker flattens, finishes Brad Tavares in 44 seconds". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  22. ^ Marcelo Barone and Raphael Marinho (2016-06-15). "Chris Camozzi replaces Brad Tavares and is the new Thales Leites opponent (Brazilian Portuguese)". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  23. ^ Staff (2016-07-21). "Brad Tavares vs. Caio Magalhaes headed to UFC 203 in Cleveland". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  24. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-09-10). "UFC 203 results: Brad Tavares returns from 16-month layoff to take split call from Caio Magalhaes". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  25. ^ Liam Ducey (2016-12-02). "UFC: Hector Lombard faces fight for MMA survival". Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  26. ^ John Morgan and Steven Marrocco (2017-01-10). "UFC on FOX 23 loses Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares, adds Alessio Di Chirico vs. Eric Spicely". Retrieved 2017-01-11. 

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