Thiago Tavares

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Thiago Tavares
Born (1984-11-08) November 8, 1984 (age 32)
Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight 146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)
Team Team Tavares
Brazilian Top Team
Rank      3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 20
By knockout 3
By submission 13
By decision 4
Losses 7
By knockout 5
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 and politician.[3] He currently fights in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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]


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 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 Manvel 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 docked a point in the third round for a second 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,[4] but Tavares was forced off the card with an elbow injury.[5] He was replaced by Waylon Lowe.

Tavares was set to face Willamy Freire at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko taking place August 1, 2010.[6] However, on July 20, 2010, Freire withdrew because of an injury,[7] forcing the bout to be cancelled.[8]

Tavares faced UFC newcomer Pat Audinwood on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119, replacing an injured Aaron Riley.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Tavares faced Sam Stout on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142.[12] 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.[13] However, Tavares was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Michael Johnson.[14]

Tavares was expected to face Dennis Hallman on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[15] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Tavares/Hallman was then rescheduled to October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[16] 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.[17][18]

Tavares next faced the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping.[19] 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, was suspended for nine months retroactive to January 19.[20][21]

Tavares was expected to face Quinn Mulhern on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[22] However, Mulhern pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Justin Salas.[23] Tavares won the fight via submission in the first round.

Move to Featherweight[edit]

Tavares was expected to face promotional newcomer Zubaira Tukhugov in a featherweight bout on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36.[24] However, Tavares was forced out of the bout citing a rib injury and replaced by Douglas Silva de Andrade.[25]

Tavares was expected to face Tom Niinimäki on May 31, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 41.[26] However, Tavares pulled out of the bout citing another injury[27] and was replaced by promotional newcomer Niklas Bäckström.[28]

In his eventual featherweight debut, Tavares faced Robbie Peralta on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[29] Tavares won the fight via submission in the first round after completely dominating Peralta on the ground. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[30]

Tavares was expected to face Nik Lentz in a rematch on February 14, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 60.[31] However, Tavares pulled out of the bout in late January citing yet another injury.[32]

Tavares was expected to face Zubaira Tukhugov on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.[33] However, Tukhugov was replaced by Brian Ortega.[34] Tavares lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round.[35] Despite the loss, Tavares was awarded his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award.[36]

Tavares faced Clay Guida on November 7, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 77.[37] He won the fight with a quick submission in the first round.[38] The win also earned Tavares his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[39]

Tavares next faced Doo Ho Choi on July 8, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale[40] Tavares lost the fight via KO in the first round.[41]


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–7–1 Doo Ho Choi KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 1 2:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 20–6–1 Clay Guida Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 November 7, 2015 1 0:39 São Paulo, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Loss 19–6–1 Brian Ortega TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 3 4:10 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Fight of the Night.
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 KO (punches and elbows) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 1 1:55 São Paulo, Brazil Tavares tested positive for drostanolone.
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 Tavares was deducted 1 point due to a groin kick.
Win 14–3 Manvel 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 the It's Showtime (70 kg) Championship.
Win 9–0 Ulas Aslan TKO (punches) 2H2H: Pride & Honor November 12, 2006 1 N/A Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 8–0 Adriano Gonçalves Submission (triangle choke) Sul Fight Championship 1 September 16, 2006 2 4:12 Balneário Camboriú, Brazil
Win 7–0 Romano de los Reyes TKO (punches) Rumble Of Amsterdam 3 May 21, 2006 2 1:24 Amsterdam, Netherlands Won the Rumble of Amsterdam Lightweight Grand Prix.
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Boetsch vs. Henderson". Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Thiago Tavares visits Phuket Top Team". Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Guilherme Cruz (October 6, 2014). "Thiago Tavares loses election". 
  4. ^ "Melvin Guillard v. Thiago Tavares at UFC 114". Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  5. ^ "Thiago Tavares out of UFC 114 bout with Melvin Guillard due to elbow injury". Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Thiago Tavares faces newcomer Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire at UFC on Versus 2". 
  7. ^ "Injury forces Willamy Freire off UFC on Versus 2; Thiago Tavares without opponent". July 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "With no opponent available, Thiago Tavares pulled from UFC on Versus 2 fight card". July 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Aaron Riley out, Thiago Tavares in against Pat Audinwood at UFC 119". August 17, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Shane Roller vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for UFC on Versus 3". December 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for "UFC: Rio"". Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  12. ^ "Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares slated for UFC 142 in Brazil". Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  13. ^ "Tavares replaces injured Hallman, faces Ferguson at UFC on Fox 3". March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Thiago Tavares out, Tony Ferguson now meets Michael Johnson on UFC on FOX 3". March 29, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares moves from UFC 150 to UFC 151". July 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Dennis Hallman-Thiago Tavares fight moves from scrapped UFC 151 to UFC on FX 5". August 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ Martin, Damon (2012-10-04). "Dennis Hallman Misses Weight Again; Bout with Thiago Tavares Cancelled for UFC on FX 5". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  18. ^ Morgan, John (2012-10-04). "UFC on FX 5's Dennis Hallman released, paid show money and win bonus". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  19. ^ "Thiago Tavares-Khabib Nurmagomedov Booked For January Brazil Event". November 2, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Thiago Tavares fails UFC On FX 7 post fight drug test, suspended 9 months". February 6, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Thiago Tavares Tests Positive For Drostanolone, Suspended Nine Months". February 6, 2013. 
  22. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-09-09). "Thiago Tavares vs. Quinn Mulhern set for UFC Fight Night 32". Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  23. ^ Staff (2013-09-27). "Justin Salas replaces injured Quinn Mulhern at UFC Fight Night 32". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  24. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-12-03). "Thiago Tavares meets UFC newcomer Zubair Tuhugov in featherweight debut". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  25. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-02-06). "Undefeated Douglas Silva replaces injured Thiago Tavares at UFC Fight Night 36". Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  26. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-04-01). "Tom Niinimaki vs. Thiago Tavares added to UFC Fight Night card in Berlin". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  27. ^ Staff (2014-05-14). "Thiago Tavares Injured, Tom Niinimäki Awaiting New Opponent for UFC Berlin". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  28. ^ Staff (2014-05-15). "Bäckström Versus Niinimäki Booked for UFC Berlin". Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  29. ^ Staff (2014-06-21). "Thiago Tavares drops to featherweight vs. Robbie Peralta at UFC Fight Night 47". Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  30. ^ Staff (2014-08-17). "UFC Fight Night 47 bonuses: Boetsch, Thiago Tavares, Jouban, Baczynski win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  31. ^ Staff (2014-11-25). "Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares rematch set for UFC Fight Night 60 in Colorado". Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
  32. ^ John Morgan (2015-01-29). "Thiago Tavares out at UFC Fight Night 60, Nik Lentz needs new opponent". Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  33. ^ "Zubaira Tukhugovv vs. Thiago Tavares". Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  34. ^ Guilherme Cruz (May 5, 2015). "Thiago Tavares announces fight with Brian Ortega at UFC Fight Night 68". Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  35. ^ Damon Martin (2015-06-06). "Brian Ortega TKO's Thiago Tavares in crowd pleasing battle". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  36. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-06-07). "UFC Fight Night 68 bonuses: Dustin Poirier gets $50,000 in front of home fans". Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  37. ^ Staff (2015-09-18). "Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares added to UFC Fight Night 77 in Brazil". Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  38. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-11-07). "UFC Fight Night 77 results: Clay Guida slam backfires into quick sub for Thiago Tavares". Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  39. ^ Staff (2015-11-08). "UFC Fight Night 77 bonuses: Who took home $50,000 for their stoppages in São Paulo?". Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  40. ^ Matt Boone (2016-04-30). "Thiago Tavares vs. Doo Ho Choi set for TUF 23 Finale". Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  41. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-08). "TUF 23 Finale results: Doo Ho Choi crushes Thiago Tavares with punches in first". Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  42. ^ Mike Bohn (July 3, 2015). "MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for June: Featherweight bangers steal the show". 

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