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Paulo Thiago

Paulo Thiago

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  • Given Name: Paulo Thiago Alencar Artunes
  • Professional MMA Record: 15-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1981.01.25
  • Last Fight: May 31, 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
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Sean Spencer

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

2014.09.13
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
Ref: Wernei Cardoso

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
Loss | Submission | Strikes
2:10 Round 1 of 3

Brandon Thatch
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

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
Cancelled Bout Kelvin Gastelum UFC UFN 27 2013.08.28
Reason: Thiago Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Michel Prazeres
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

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

2013.05.18
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
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
Ref: Marc Goddard

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
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:42 Round 1 of 3

Siyar Bahadurzada
Ref: Leon Roberts

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
#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
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

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

2011.08.27
Odds: -480 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs
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
Ref: Jason Herzog

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
Walkout Music: Mano Brown e Jorge Ben Jor - Umbabarauma
#17 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#22 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 121 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Martin Kampmann
Ref: Herb Dean

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
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
Ref: Herb Dean

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
Walkout Music: O Rappa - Monstro Invisível
#51 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
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

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
Walkout Music: Jorge Ben Jor - Salve Simpatia/A Banda Do Zé Pretinho
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jon Fitch
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 100
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

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

Josh Koscheck
Ref: Marc Goddard

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
#26 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

CF 3

2007.05.12
Win | Submission | Choke

Diogo Almeida

GPP

2006.10.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Igor Maux

GPP

2006.10.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Marcone Marcone

GPP

2006.10.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Ricardo Petrucio

Storm Samurai

2005.07.02

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