Up until this point if you asked me what I thought of the name Thiago I’d have told you it was a dumb name suited only for Brazilian gutter rats. But upon careful deliberation and review, I have now decided to name my next kid Thiago on account of it gives him a 85% chance of being a fucking assassin in mixed martial arts. Just take a look at the track records of the three Thiagos in the UFC:
Thiago “Pitbull” Alves : Smashed Tony DeSouza and Kuniyoshi Hironaka, beat Chris Lytle by cutting open his eyelids. His only losses in the UFC are from Jon Fitch and Spencer Fisher back before he was ‘on’.
Thiago Silva : You may remember Silva as the dude who knocked out Houston Alexander like it wasn’t a big deal. I actually felt sorry for Tomasz Drwal because of the severe beating Silva put on him at UFC75. It wouldn’t surprise me if they implanted Wanderlei’s brain into Thiago’s cranium, because the dude’s got a similar in your face style.
Thiago Tavares : I’ll forever be thankful to Thiago Tavares for starting Ultimate Fight Night 10 off with a bang … he stuffed Jason Black like a turkey and then triangle choked him halfway through round two. Past that point he’s won 10 of his 13 wins by sub, so you know he’s slick as shit. They just matched Tavares against Michihiro Omigawa, which is probably gonna be a fucking route.
But hey, it’s not just UFC Thiagos that are kicking ass. The combined record for all the Thiagos on the Sherdog Fight Finder is 65-12, not too shabby at all!
And just a note for my hetero site-partner Jake: Thiago is the Brazilian take on Portuguese Tiago, which in turn came from the Hebrew Ya’akov (somehow), which lead to Jacob. So in a fucked up way, Jake is actually a Thiago. Hardcore!