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Paulo Thiago

Paulo Thiago

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  • Given Name: Paulo Thiago Alencar Artunes
  • Professional MMA Record: 15-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1981.01.25
  • Last Fight: September 13, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: XGym
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 74.5" (189cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $260,000 USD
  • Born: Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Paulo Thiago is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as a Black Belt in Judo. Prior to—and throughout—his professional mixed martial arts career, Thiago has served as a senior member of BOPE, an elite Special Forces police unit operating in some of the most dangerous, drug-infested slums in Brazil. Known predominantly for his skills on the ground as well as his training in BOPE, Thiago has surprised many of his top-ranked opponents with his punching power.


Thiago made his professional fighting debut in 2005, winning his first six fights by submission before moving to Brazil’s Jungle Fight promotion, where he went on to win four more fights before being signed by the UFC in 2009. Upon his UFC debut, Thiago shocked the world, pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the last decade when he knocked out top welterweight contender Josh Koscheck in the first round. Although Thiago lost his next bout—a Unanimous Decision to Jon Fitch—he rebounded with a victory over Jacob Volkmann before choking out another AKA-trained welterweight in Mike Swick with a second-round Brabo Choke at UFC 109. Though Thiago’s win over Swick would also go down as an upset on the books, fewer people were sleeping on the talented Brazilian by this point, and many called the bout to go his way. Although two consecutive losses to Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez derailed his momentum, he rebounded with a one sided win over David Mitchell. Thiago then received the first stoppage loss of his carer after getting knocked out in just 42 seconds by Siyar Bahadurzada.


Thiago would drop a decision to Dong Hyun Kim before getting back in the win column with a victory over Michel Dos Prazeres. His next fight was supposed to be against the Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastellum at UFC Fight Night 27 in Inidianapolis on August 28th, but on July 22nd it was reported that Thiago was forced out of the bout due to knee injury. His next matchup would instead be against UFC newcomer Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night 32 in Brazil. Thatch would land a brutal knee to the body that dropped Thiago and forced him to tap out.


Last updated 11.11.2013, 10:18 AM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sean Spencer
15-7-0 11-3-0

UFC Fight Night 51: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.09.13
Odds: +195 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: Fernando Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Joe Riggs UFC UFN 51 2014.09.13
Reason: Riggs accidentally shot himself in the hand
Cancelled Bout Mike Rhodes UFC UFN 51 2014.09.13
Reason: Rhodes Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gasan Umalatov
15-6-0 14-3-1

UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Maldonado
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.05.31
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: Wernei Cardoso
Loss | Submission | Strikes
2:10 Round 1 of 3

Brandon Thatch
15-5-0 10-1-0

UFC Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.11.09
Odds: +325 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Cancelled Bout Kelvin Gastelum UFC UFN 27 2013.08.28
Reason: Thiago Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Michel Prazeres
14-5-0 16-0-0

UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.05.18
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Lance Benoist UFC on FX 8 2013.05.18
Reason: Benoist Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dong Hyun Kim
14-4-0 15-2-1

UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.11.10
Odds: +250 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs | Referee: Marc Goddard
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:42 Round 1 of 3

Siyar Bahadurzada
14-3-0 20-4-1

UFC on FUEL TV 2: Silva vs. Gustafsson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.04.14
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Leon Roberts
#10 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC on FUEL TV 2 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Mike Pyle UFC 142 2012.01.14
Reason: Thiago Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

David Mitchell
13-3-0 11-1-0

UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.08.27
Odds: -480 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Johny Hendricks UFC on Versus 3 2011.03.03
Reason: Thiago Elbow Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Diego Sanchez
13-2-0 21-4-0

UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.10.23
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $88,000 ($18K Base, $70K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs | Referee: Jason Herzog | Walkout Music: Mano Brown e Jorge Ben Jor - Umbabarauma
#18 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#24 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 121 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Martin Kampmann
13-1-0 16-3-0

UFC 115: Liddell vs Franklin
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.06.12
Odds: -245 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Josh Koscheck UFC 109 2010.02.06
Reason: Koscheck Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
1:54 Round 2 of 3, 6:54 Total

Mike Swick
12-1-0 14-3-0

UFC 109: Relentless
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.02.06
Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus, $60K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: O Rappa - Monstro Invisível
#58 Greatest Submission of All Time
#11 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC 109 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jacob Volkmann
11-1-0 9-0-0

UFC 106: Ortiz vs Griffin 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.11.21
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Jorge Ben Jor - Salve Simpatia/A Banda Do Zé Pretinho
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jon Fitch
11-0-0 19-3-0

UFC 100
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.07.11
Odds: +385 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: Alpha Blondy - Politiqui
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:29 Round 1 of 3

Josh Koscheck
10-0-0 12-3-0

UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.02.21
Odds: +388 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs | Referee: Marc Goddard
#28 Biggest Upset of All Time
UFC 95 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Luiz Dutra Jr.

Jungle Fight

2008.09.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Ferrid Kheder

Jungle Fight

2008.07.12
Win | Submission | Choke

Paulo Cavera

Jungle Fight

2008.05.31
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Leonardo Pecanha

Jungle Fight

2008.04.06
Win | Submission | Choke

Fernando Bettega

Capital Fight

2007.12.14
Win | Submission | Choke

Franklin Careli

Brazil Regional

2007.05.12
Win | Submission | Choke

Diogo Almeida

Brazil Regional

2006.10.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Igor Maux

Brazil Regional

2006.10.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Marcone Marcone

Brazil Regional

2006.10.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Ricardo Petrucio

Storm Samurai

2005.07.02

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