Black Belt Pan American Champion
Thiago Macedo holds a well-earned reputation as one of the toughest featherweight athletes of his generation. Macedo began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age seven, under the influence of his older brother. By age 11, his competitive nature had been ignited. He moved from his first academy to pursue training at Mestre Pina Academy and climbed through the belt levels as rapidly as leveraging his favorite move, the armbar. After fulfilling his high school education in Brazil, he moved to the U.S. in 2016 to continue to train and compete. He has represented Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ since 2012, where he earned most of his main titles as a black belt. In 2020, Macedo earned gold at the IBJJF Pan American Championships and bronze in 2022. He is also the 2016 and 2018 American National Champion. Not to mention his IBJJF rankings of no. 7 in 2019, no. 4 in 2020, and no. 10 in 2021. Macedo is also extremely successful in the UAEJJF tournaments and won the Los Angeles Grand Slam in 2017, The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in 2022 and is currently ranked no. 1 in the federation.