|Born||Thiago Michel Pereira Silva
May 15, 1984
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb; 11 st 11 lb)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Brazil|
|Rank||Muay Thai kickboxingBlack Belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Thiago Michel Pereira Silva, a.k.a. Thiago Michel (born May 15, 1984) is a Brazilian professional kickboxer and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter formally competed for Bellator Fighting Championships in their season six lightweight tournament.
Thiago Michel stated in an interview that when he was a child, he had a life-threatening throat infection and his father who taught him kickboxing starting at the age of 12, couldn't donate blood to his own son because he drank too much. This lead him never to drink again, strengthening their bond as father and son. Michel soon became a world kickboxing champion where he compiled 26 wins and just 2 defeats.
Michel was selected to represent Brazil in the 73 kg/160 lb division at the first It's Showtime event held in the country. He went up against Steve Poort, an up-and-coming Dutch fighter, at It's Showtime 60 in São Paulo, Brazil and won by unanimous decision.
He defeated Paul Marfort by unanimous decision on the Glory 12: New York - Lightweight World Championship Tournament undercard in New York City, New York, US on November 23, 2013. 
Mixed martial arts career
Thiago Michel, who trains with world champion kickboxer Ely Perez, was the 2010 WAKO World Cup kickboxing champion at 165 lbs (75 kg) while also having a 7-1 record in MMA competition. He's also held Muay Thai titles and has posted knockouts in all nine of his career MMA wins.
Michel made his professional MMA debut on November 18, 2006 and has made a name for himself fighting mainly in his home country of Brazil. Michel won 6 of his first 7 fights before a 28-month break from the sport from 2008 to 2010. Before signing with Bellator, he amassed an impressive record of 9 wins and 2 losses. He was also ranked the number 1 lightweight prospect on Bloody Elbow's 2010 scouting report.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Thiago Michel is currently signed to Bellator Fighting Championships, competing in their lightweight division. Michel made his American debut at Bellator 62 on March 23, 2012, where he defeated fellow Brazilian Rene Nazare by split decision.
- 2014 WGP Kickboxing Champion -78 kg (1 Title Def.)
- WAKO Pro Pan American K-1 Rules Middleweight Championship -75.0 kg
33 wins, 5 losses, 0 draws
|Amateur Kickboxing Record|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||10 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||11–4||Alexander Sarnavskiy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 87||January 31, 2013||2||3:43||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States||Bellator Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||11–3||David Gardner||TKO (Knee to the Body and Punches)||Brasil Fight 6 - Brazil vs. USA||September 21, 2012||2||2:45||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Loss||10–3||Brent Weedman||Decision (split)||Bellator 66||April 20, 2012||3||5:00||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||10–2||Rene Nazare||Decision (split)||Bellator 62||March 23, 2012||3||5:00||Laredo, Texas, United States||Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||9–2||Rodrigo Cavalheiro||TKO (punches)||Brazil Fight 5 - Back to Fight||September 3, 2011||1||n/a||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Win||8–2||Erick Barbosa||TKO (Punches)||Brazil Fight 4 - The VIP Night||April 9, 2011||1||4:55||Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Loss||7–2||Alessandro Ferreira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Brazil Fight 3 - Minas Gerais vs. São Paulo||November 27, 2010||1||1:10||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Win||7–1||Felipe Olivieri||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Brazil Fight 2 - Minas Gerais vs. Rio de Janeiro||April 14, 2010||3||2:23||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Win||6–1||Flavio Toto||TKO (punches)||BHI - Belo Horizonte Interacademy||April 12, 2008||1||3:42||Contagem, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Win||5–1||Murilo Filho||TKO (punches)||XFG - X Fight Games 3||December 15, 2007||1||2:45||Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Loss||4–1||Ivan Iberico||Submission (armbar)||Juiz de Fora - Fight 5||November 24, 2007||1||n/a||Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Damaso Pereira||KO (soccer kick)||FBC - Fight Brazil Combat||October 19, 2007||1||4:17||Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Luciano Pitbull||TKO (head kick)||FFMA - Festival Fighter Martial Arts||December 10, 2006||2||3:27||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Rildo Benazar||TKO (punches)||MAUO - Martial Arts Union Open 4||November 26, 2006||2||4:07||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Cesar Augusto Cunha Dias||TKO (punches)||X - Mix Martial Arts||November 18, 2006||1||3:36||Divinopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
- Thiago Michel Tabbed As It's Showtime Brazil 73kg Representative
- It's Showtime Brazil, November 10: Fight Card
- It's Showtime Brazil Live Results
- Bellator's Thiago Michel Continues With Kickboxing This Weekend
- TATNEFT CUP BRASIL 2012 - CARLOS ROBERTO "FORMIGA" (CTC) VS THIAGO MICHEL (ELLY KICKBOXING)
- Next SuperKombat New Heroes on March 23 in Brazil
- Felipe Micheletti wins the Superkombat New Heroes 4 Man Tournament in Brazil
- Glory 12 Results and Recap: Andy Ristie shocks the world with two huge knockouts
- GLORY 12 Live Results and Updates
- GLORY 12 results: Upsets galore as Giorgio Petrosyan falls short to tourney winner Andy Ristie
- Leland Rolling. "World MMA Lightweight Scouting Report: #1 - Thiago Michel". bloodyelbow.com.
- "Heavy-handed Thiago Michel joins Bellator's season-six lightweight tourney". MMAjunkie.com.
- "Bellator 87". http://mmanewsblog.wordpress.com. 2012-12-22. External link in
- WGP #21: Ravy Brunow is the new WAKO PRO Pan American champion
- WAKO PRO World Title K1 kg-78,100 Event in Moscow, Russia 21/11/2014
- Datsi Datsiev (RUS) new WAKO PRO World Champion in K-1 Kg -78,100
- WGP SUPER 4, Ibirapuera SP (Brasil), 26/04/2014