Brad Tavares


Draws Antonio Carlos Junior in Brazil
December 2, 2019
Tavares (17-6-0) is scheduled to face Antonio Carlos Jr. (10-4-0, 1 NC) in a middleweight fight March 14 at UFC Brasilia, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Tavares will look to rebound in Brazil after taking his second straight loss in his last trip to the Octagon in November, when he was knocked out by Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC 244 in New York. The 32-year-old has been very selective with his fighting schedule in recent years; the matchup with Carlos Junior represents Tavares' fourth fight since the beginning of 2018.
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Knocked out at UFC 244
November 2, 2019
Tavares lost to Edmen Shahbazyan via KO (high kick) at 2:27 of Round 1 at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
Tavares is going to be plenty upset with his performance, but Shahbazyan is very clearly the real deal. Unable to avoid any of the massive strikes coming his way, Tavares ate about a half dozen strikes that would have finished off any mere mortal prior to the stoppage. The high kick that ended the fight knocked Tavares out cold before he his the canvas. Referee Todd Anderson was right on the spot, but there was nothing for him to do. Tavares is a talented middleweight, but he rarely fights. Saturday's performance was his first since July 2018 (a unanimous decision loss to current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya) and if you rarely step into the octagon, you simply cannot afford losing streaks. Tavares' back-to-back losses come on the heels of an impressive four-fight win streak.
Moved to UFC 244
October 1, 2019
Tavares is set to fight Edmen Shahbazyan on Nov. 2 at UFC 244, reports.
Taves was previously set to fight Ian Heinisch at UFC Fight Night in Singapore a week earlier, but he'll instead take on Shahbazyan in a middleweight bout. Tavares' last fight came in July 2018 and he received a medical suspension after undergoing surgery to repair a broken arm in January.
Booked for UFC Singapore
August 29, 2019
Tavares (arm) will take on Ian Heinisch in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night in Singapore on October 26, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
This will be Tavares' first fight since July of last year, as he was forced to undergo surgery to repair a broken arm back in January after being handed the maximum medical suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He went down in his last trip to the Octagon against Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision, which put an end to a four-fight winning streak and was his first loss since 2015.
Return timetable uncertain after surgery
January 6, 2019
Tavares recently underwent surgery to repair a broken arm and is uncertain about when he will return to competition, Mike Bohn of reports.
Tavares knew about a potential arm fracture the night of his loss to Israel Adesanya, but physicians at the time believed the arm was still in line, and elected to use a splint. Several months afterwards. doctors decided that it hadn't healed in the proper manner and after multiple additional opinions, surgery was ultimately elected. That procedure recently took place, so it's too early to tell how long Tavares will be on the shelf.
Poised for time off
July 10, 2018
Tavares was dealt the maximum medical suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission following his loss to Israel Adesanya at the TUF 27 Finale on July 6, reports.
Tavares will be on the shelf through Jan. 3 unless he's cleared earlier by a physician, with a minimum suspension through Sept. 5. During his loss to Adesanya, Tavares potentially suffered both a broken nose and broken arm, which will need to be cleared before he can schedule another fight. The other-worldly toughness of Tavares seemed to get the better of him here, as he took a sustained beating for five rounds and lost the striking battle 40-to-119. He was able to secure a takedown at one point, but that control didn't last long. A loss to one of the division's top prospects is nothing to be ashamed about, but it snapped a four-fight winning streak and snuffed out any hope of Tavares fighting for a title in the immediate future. He'll look to start a new winning streak in late-2018/early-2019.