November 8, 1984 |
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Florianópolis, Brazil|
|Team||Brazilian Top Team|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu3rd Degree Black belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
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
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 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 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 set to face Willamy Freire at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko taking place August 1, 2010. However, on July 20, 2010, Freire withdrew because of an injury, forcing the bout to be cancelled.
Tavares then faced Shane Roller on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann. 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 was expected to face Tony Ferguson on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3, replacing an injured Dennis Hallman. However, Tavares was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Michael Johnson.
Tavares was expected to face Dennis Hallman on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151. However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Tavares/Hallman was then rescheduled to October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. 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.
Tavares next faced the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping. 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 19.
Tavares was expected to face Quinn Mulhern on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32. However, Mulhern pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Justin Salas. Tavares won the fight via submission in the first round.
Move to Featherweight
Tavares was expected to face promotional newcomer Zubaira Tukhugov in a featherweight bout on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36. However, Tavares was forced out of the bout citing a rib injury and replaced by Douglas Silva de Andrade.
Tavares was expected to face Tom Niinimäki on May 31, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 41. However, Tavares pulled out of the bout citing another injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Niklas Bäckström.
In his eventual featherweight debut, Tavares faced Robbie Peralta on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47. Tavares won the fight via submission in the first round. Completely dominating Peralta on the ground and eventually submitted to the bigger opponent Tavares. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Tavares was expected to face Zubaira Tukhugov on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68. However, Tukhugov was replaced by Brian Ortega. Tavares lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round. Despite the loss, Tavares was awarded his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award.
- Ultimate Fighting Championships
- It's Showtime MMA
- 2006 It's Showtime MMA Title -70 kg
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||19 wins||6 losses|
|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||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping||January 19, 2013||1||1:55||São Paulo, Brazil||Tavares tested positive for drostanolone 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||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 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 (choke)||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|
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- Andrew Richardson (June 1, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 68 fight card: Thiago Tavares vs Brian Ortega full fight preview". MMAmania.com.
- "Melvin Guillard v. Thiago Tavares at UFC 114". sbnation.com. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- "Thiago Tavares out of UFC 114 bout with Melvin Guillard due to elbow injury". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- "Thiago Tavares faces newcomer Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire at UFC on Versus 2".
- "Injury forces Willamy Freire off UFC on Versus 2; Thiago Tavares without opponent". mmajunkie.com. July 20, 2010.
- "With no opponent available, Thiago Tavares pulled from UFC on Versus 2 fight card". mmajunkie.com. July 23, 2010.
- "Aaron Riley out, Thiago Tavares in against Pat Audinwood at UFC 119". mmajunkie.com. August 17, 2010.
- "Shane Roller vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. December 28, 2010.
- "Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for "UFC: Rio"". mmmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
- "Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares slated for UFC 142 in Brazil". mmmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- "Tavares replaces injured Hallman, faces Ferguson at UFC on Fox 3". mmajunkie.com. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- "Thiago Tavares out, Tony Ferguson now meets Michael Johnson on UFC on FOX 3". mmajunkie.com. March 29, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
- "Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares moves from UFC 150 to UFC 151". mmajunkie.com. July 12, 2012.
- "Dennis Hallman-Thiago Tavares fight moves from scrapped UFC 151 to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2012.
- 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.
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- "Thiago Tavares fails UFC On FX 7 post fight drug test, suspended 9 months". bloodyelbow.com. February 6, 2013.
- "Thiago Tavares Tests Positive For Drostanolone, Suspended Nine Months". mmajunkie.com. February 6, 2013.
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- Guilherme Cruz (2014-04-01). "Tom Niinimaki vs. Thiago Tavares added to UFC Fight Night card in Berlin". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
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- Staff (2014-05-15). "Bäckström Versus Niinimäki Booked for UFC Berlin". mmaviking.com. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- Staff (2014-06-21). "Thiago Tavares drops to featherweight vs. Robbie Peralta at UFC Fight Night 47". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
- Staff (2014-08-17). "UFC Fight Night 47 bonuses: Boetsch, Thiago Tavares, Jouban, Baczynski win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
- Staff (2014-11-25). "Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares rematch set for UFC Fight Night 60 in Colorado". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-25.
- John Morgan (2015-01-29). "Thiago Tavares out at UFC Fight Night 60, Nik Lentz needs new opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "Zubaira Tukhugovv vs. Thiago Tavares". chechensport.com. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- Guilherme Cruz (May 5, 2015). "Thiago Tavares announces fight with Brian Ortega at UFC Fight Night 68". mmafighting.com. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
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