Paulo Thiago Alencar Antunes (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu tʃiˈaɡu]; born January 25, 1981) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Middleweight division of KSW. A professional competitor since 2005, he has also competed for the UFC and Jungle Fight. Thiago is also a member of Polícia Militar do Distrito Federal and works for BOPE, a special forces unit in his hometown of Brasília, Brazil.
|Born||Paulo Thiago Alencar Antunes|
January 25, 1981
Brasília, DF, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||184 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)|
|Reach||74+1⁄2 in (189 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Team||Team Constrictor |
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu |
Black belt in Judo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial artsEdit
Thiago made his professional debut at Storm Samurai 8 in 2005. He fought Ricardo Petrucio and won the fight via submission in round three. His next three fights came on the same night almost a year after his debut. Thiago competed in the Grand Prix Planaltina, winning all three of his fights and became the tournament winner. Thiago finished all three of the fights by submission. After two more victories, Thiago was signed by Jungle Fights MMA. Thiago won four fights for the promotion before being signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
He currently trains with the Constrictor Team, an affiliate of Team Black House; the famed gym of Anderson Silva and the Nogueira brothers.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Thiago never signed a contract before his fight against Koscheck, he was only able to acquire a tryout. Thiago made his UFC debut on February 21, 2009, scoring an upset victory over top contender Josh Koscheck at UFC 95. During the fight, commentator Joe Rogan commented that Thiago's striking looked inferior to Koscheck's. However, Thiago won the fight by KO, with a flush right uppercut and a left hook. The referee stopped the fight before Thiago could pounce on him. Koscheck immediately rose and argued that he was still alert and able to defend himself. Further review of the replay shows Koscheck's eyes roll back as he falls down, giving merit to the stoppage. At the post-fight conference, Dana White confirmed that Thiago had earned Knockout of the Night honors.
Thiago had his second fight in the UFC, fighting against former title challenger and Koscheck teammate Jon Fitch at UFC 100. This was Thiago's first fight in the United States and he lost via unanimous decision.
In Thiago's fourth outing in the UFC octagon, he was set to have a rematch against Josh Koscheck at UFC 109. However, Koscheck pulled out of the bout after an undisclosed injury and was replaced by AKA teammate Mike Swick. Thiago won via submission (D'arce Choke) in the second round and earned his second UFC fight bonus with the win.
Thiago lost his second straight fight via unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121. Though Thiago started the fight off strong by winning the first round, he began to tire and eventually succumbed to the cardio and wrestling skills of Sanchez in the second and third rounds. The bout earned Fight of the Night, awarding both fighters an extra paycheck.
In November 2010, Thiago signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC. Thiago was expected to face Johny Hendricks on March 3, 2011, at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann. However, Thiago was forced out of the bout with an elbow injury.
Thiago faced Siyar Bahadurzada on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva. He was knocked out less than a minute into the first round after Siyar landed a right hook to the jaw that followed a left jab as Thiago was moving forward. This marked the first time Thiago had been finished in his career.
Thiago was expected to face Lance Benoist on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. However, on April 20, it was announced that Benoist had to pull out of the bout due to an injury. He was replaced by UFC newcomer Michel Prazeres. Thiago won the fight via unanimous decision.
Despite being 2–6 in his last eight fights inside the octagon, Thiago signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC in June 2014. He was expected to face Mike Rhodes at UFC Fight Night 51 on September 13, 2014. However, Rhodes was forced out of the bout due to injury and was briefly replaced by returning veteran Joe Riggs. Subsequently, Riggs was forced to pull out of the fight after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while cleaning a pistol at his home. Thiago instead faced Sean Spencer. Thiago lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released by the UFC.
After the release, Thiago was scheduled to face Joe Ray at Rebel FC 3 on June 26, 2015. However, Thiago withdrew from the bout due to an injury.
Then he was scheduled to face Abubakar Vagaev at Akhmat Fight Show 18 on April 9, 2016. Thiago was again forced to withdraw from the bout.
Thiago then faced Paulistenio Rocha for the interim TWC Welterweight Championship at The Warriors Combat 3 on August 13, 2016. He won the fight via unanimous decision and claimed the championship.
Thiago then faced Cheick Kone at Fight2Night 1 on November 4, 2016. He won the fight via third-round submission.
In the sophomore event of the promotion, Thiago faced Faycal Hucin at Fight2Night 2 on April 28, 2017. He won the fight via first-round submission.
Thiago faced Ailton Barbosa at Global Legion FC 13 on December 13, 2019. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Six days removed from his previous bout, Thiago faced Sam Liera at SMASH Global 9 on December 19, 2019. He lost the fight via first-round knockout.
Thiago is married and has twins.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||19 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||19–11||Sam Liera||TKO (punches)||SMASH Global 9||December 19, 2019||1||4:58||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Win||19–10||Alton Barbosa||Decision (unanimous)||Global Legion FC 13||December 13, 2019||3||5:00||Miramar, Florida, United States||Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||18–10||Michał Materla||TKO (punches)||KSW 40: Dublin||October 22, 2017||2||0:50||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||18–9||Faycal Hucin||Submission (armbar)||Fight2Night 2||April 28, 2017||1||3:11||Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil|
|Win||17–9||Cheick Kone||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fight2Night 1||November 4, 2016||3||4:16||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Return to Middleweight.|
|Win||16–9||Paulistenio Rocha||Decision (unanimous)||The Warriors Combat 3||August 13, 2016||3||5:00||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil||Won Interim Warriors Combat Welterweight Championship.|
|Loss||15–9||Markus Perez Echeimberg||Decision (split)||Thunder Fight 7||June 25, 2016||5||5:00||São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil||Middleweight debut. For Thunder Fight Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||15–8||Sean Spencer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||September 13, 2014||3||5:00||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Loss||15–7||Gasan Umalatov||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado||May 31, 2014||3||5:00||São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||15–6||Brandon Thatch||TKO (submission to knee to the body)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson||November 9, 2013||1||2:10||Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil|
|Win||15–5||Michel Prazeres||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Loss||14–5||Dong Hyun Kim||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le||November 10, 2012||3||5:00||Macau, SAR, China|
|Loss||14–4||Siyar Bahadurzada||KO (punch)||UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva||April 14, 2012||1||0:42||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||14–3||David Mitchell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 134||August 27, 2011||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||13–3||Diego Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||13–2||Martin Kampmann||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||13–1||Mike Swick||Technical Submission (D'arce choke)||UFC 109||February 6, 2010||2||1:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||12–1||Jacob Volkmann||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 106||November 21, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–1||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–0||Josh Koscheck||KO (punches)||UFC 95||February 21, 2009||1||3:29||London, England||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||10–0||Luiz Dutra Jr.||TKO (knee injury)||Jungle Fight 11||September 13, 2008||1||0:40||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||9–0||Ferrid Kheder||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 10||July 12, 2008||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||8–0||Paulo Cavera||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Jungle Fight 9: Warriors||May 31, 2008||1||N/A||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||7–0||Leonardo Pecanha||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 8||April 6, 2008||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Fernando Bettega||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Capital Fight 1||December 14, 2007||1||2:02||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Franklin Careli||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Conquista Fight 3||May 12, 2007||2||0:37||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Igor Maux||Submission (anaconda choke)||Grand Prix Planaltina||October 13, 2006||1||1:06||Planaltina, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Diogo Almeida||Submission (guillotine choke)||3||1:21|
|Win||2–0||Marcone Bezerra||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||3||1:31|
|Win||1–0||Ricardo Petrucio||Submission (triangle choke)||Storm Samurai 8||July 2, 2005||3||1:36||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
- Mixed martial arts show results Date: November 21, 2009
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- "Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago II Being Targeted for UFC 109 in February". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2010-02-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Mike Swick Replaces Josh Koscheck, Will Face Paulo Thiago at UFC 109". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2009-12-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago in works for UFC 115". lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2010-03-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "SANCHEZ VS. THIAGO FACE OFF AT UFC 121". mmaweekly.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-07-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
-  Archived November 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Thiago targeted for UFC on Versus 3". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Paulo Thiago scratched from UFC on Versus 3, Johny Hendricks in limbo". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on January 30, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Welterweights Thiago, Mitchell Matched for UFC 'Rio'". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-05-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Paulo Thiago vs. Mike Pyle at UFC 142". tatame.com. November 22, 2011. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Replacement Ricardo Funch meets Mike Pyle at UFC 142 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. December 17, 2011.
- "Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago added to UFC on FUEL TV 2". mmajunkie.com. January 6, 2012.
- "Dong Hyun Kim Vs. Paulo Thiago Planned For UFC On Fuel 6 In China". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved August 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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- "Benoist out, Michel Prazeres meets Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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- Guilherme Cruz. "Thatch vs. Thiago, Sicilia vs. Castro added to UFN 32". bloodyelbow. Retrieved 2013-09-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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- Guilherme Cruz (2014-06-19). "Despite skid, Paulo Thiago signs new four-fight deal with UFC". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Jacob Cooper (2014-07-13). "Paulo Thiago vs. Mike Rhodes set for UFC Fight Night 51". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Anton Tabuena (2014-07-24). "Report: Joe Riggs returns to UFC, set to face Paulo Thiago at UFN 51". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Dann Stupp and Steven Marrocco (2014-07-29). "Joe Riggs out of UFC Fight Night 51 after injury from accidental shooting". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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