Thiago Michel

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Thiago Michel
Born Thiago Michel Pereira Silva
(1984-05-15) May 15, 1984 (age 33)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb; 11 st 11 lb)
Division Lightweight
Reach 74"
Style Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Brazil
Team Ely Team
Trainer Ely Perez
Rank      Black Belt in Muay Thai kickboxing
Years active 2006-present
Kickboxing record
Total 38
Wins 33
Losses 5
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 10
By knockout 9
By decision 1
Losses 4
By submission 3
By decision 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 24, 2014

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.

Kickboxing career[edit]

Michel was selected to represent Brazil in the 73 kg/160 lb division at the first It's Showtime event held in the country.[1] He went up against Steve Poort, an up-and-coming Dutch fighter, at It's Showtime 60 in São Paulo, Brazil[2] and won by unanimous decision.[3]

He competed in the eight man 70 kg/154 lb tournament at Tatneft Cup Brazil in São Paulo on December 8, 2012, losing to Carlos Roberto by unanimous decision in the quarter-finals.[4][5]

He faced Miodrag Olar at SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes 2 on March 23, 2013 in a 76 kg/165 lb bout and won on points after dominating in a display of brute strength and size.[6][7]

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. [8][9][10]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[11] He's also held Muay Thai titles and has posted knockouts in all nine of his career MMA wins.[12]

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.[11]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

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.

Michel faced Russian prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy in the opening round of the Bellator Lightweight Tournament on January 31, 2013 at Bellator 87.[13] He lost via submission in the second round.

Kickboxing titles[edit]

  • 2014 WGP Kickboxing Champion -78 kg (1 Title Def.)[14]
  • WAKO Pro Pan American K-1 Rules Middleweight Championship -75.0 kg

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record
Amateur Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

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