39 Facts About Thiago Tavares

1.

Thiago de Mello Tavares was born on November 8,1984 and is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and politician who most recently competed in the Lightweight division.

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Thiago Tavares entered the UFC with an undefeated record and was highly regarded.

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3.

Thiago Tavares fought perennial contender Tyson Griffin to a unanimous decision loss, the first of his professional career, at UFC 76.

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Thiago Tavares rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over Michihiro Omigawa at UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman.

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5.

Thiago Tavares was knocked out in his next bout by Matt Wiman and lost a unanimous decision to Kurt Pellegrino nearly three months later.

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6.

Thiago Tavares defeated TUF finalist Manvel Gamburyan via unanimous decision at UFC 94 in a close fight.

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7.

Thiago Tavares was docked a point in the third round for a second kick to the groin of Lentz.

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8.

Thiago Tavares was scheduled to face Melvin Guillard on May 29,2010 at UFC 114, but Thiago Tavares was forced off the card with an elbow injury.

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9.

Thiago Tavares was set to face Willamy Freire at UFC Live: Jones vs Matyushenko taking place August 1,2010.

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10.

Thiago Tavares faced UFC newcomer Pat Audinwood on September 25,2010 at UFC 119, replacing an injured Aaron Riley.

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11.

Thiago Tavares defeated Audinwood via submission in the first round.

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12.

Thiago Tavares then faced Shane Roller on March 3,2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs Kampmann.

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13.

Thiago Tavares defeated Spencer Fisher via second-round TKO on August 27,2011 at UFC 134.

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14.

Thiago Tavares won the fight via unanimous decision after utilizing takedowns with his top control for most of the fight.

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15.

Thiago Tavares was expected to face Tony Ferguson on May 5,2012 at UFC on Fox 3, replacing an injured Dennis Hallman.

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16.

However, Thiago Tavares was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Michael Johnson.

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17.

Thiago Tavares was expected to face Dennis Hallman on September 1,2012 at UFC 151.

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18.

Thiago Tavares was given the option to take the fight anyway at a catchweight.

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19.

Thiago Tavares next faced the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov on January 19,2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs Bisping.

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20.

Thiago Tavares lost the fight via knockout early in the first round.

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21.

Thiago Tavares was expected to face Quinn Mulhern on November 9,2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.

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22.

Thiago Tavares was expected to face promotional newcomer Zubaira Tukhugov in a featherweight bout on February 15,2014 at UFC Fight Night 36.

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23.

However, Thiago Tavares was forced out of the bout citing a rib injury and replaced by Douglas Silva de Andrade.

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24.

Thiago Tavares was expected to face Tom Niinimaki on May 31,2014 at UFC Fight Night 41.

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25.

However, Thiago Tavares pulled out of the bout citing another injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Niklas Backstrom.

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26.

Thiago Tavares won the fight via submission in the first round after completely dominating Peralta on the ground.

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27.

Thiago Tavares was expected to face Nik Lentz in a rematch on February 14,2015 at UFC Fight Night 60.

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28.

Thiago Tavares was expected to face Zubaira Tukhugov on June 6,2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.

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29.

Thiago Tavares lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round.

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30.

Thiago Tavares faced Clay Guida on November 7,2015 at UFC Fight Night 77.

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31.

Thiago Tavares won the fight with a quick submission in the first round.

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32.

Thiago Tavares next faced Doo Ho Choi on July 8,2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale Thiago Tavares lost the fight via KO in the first round.

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33.

Thiago Tavares was then scheduled to face Fabricio Oliveira at Aspera FC 50 on March 18,2017, but withdrew from the bout due to an unknown reason.

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34.

Thiago Tavares won the fight via split decision and advanced to the playoffs.

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35.

Thiago Tavares lost the bout via unanimous decision and was eliminated from the playoffs.

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36.

However, Mamedov could not continue to the semi-finals and Thiago Tavares was brought to replace him against Rashid Magomedov.

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37.

Thiago Tavares lost the bout via second-round technical knockout and was eliminated from the tournament.

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38.

Thiago Tavares subsequently retired from the sport in order to focus in his studies.

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39.

Thiago Tavares is next expected to face Jean Carlos Liebl at Gladiator CF 54 on February 6,2021.

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