Thiago de Mello Tavares, Thiago Tavares for short, is a mixed martial artist as well as a politician in Brazil. He currently competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He holds a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has been a professional fighter since 2003.
Tavares’ preparation for mixed martial arts began as early as five years old when he was already training in Judo. When he was nine years old, he started training for Jiu-Jitsu. After watching Royce Gracie fights on the television during the UFC 1, becoming a professional mixed martial artist in the UFC has always been a dream for Tavares. A dream that has come true today.
When Thiago Tavares made his debut in November 2003, he managed to amass an undefeated record of 10-0 before he was signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. When Tavares entered the UFC, he was highly regarded because of his 10-0 record. His opponents would have a taste of his abilities after having won two of his first fights in the UFC. His first professional career loss was to Tyson Griffin, but both players received the Fight of the Night honors for their performance. Tavares would go on to receive three more Fight of the Night awards, 2 Performance of the Night awards, and 1 Submission of the Night awards while in the UFC. Out of his professional record, nine of his victories were first round finishes. Tavares’ more recent fights in the UFC was in the featherweight division. He entered the UFC at the lightweight division back in 2003.
Thiago Tavares’s professional record is 20 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw. He stands 5’7” tall and weighs 145lbs. He is currently connected to Team Tavares.