About Wanderlei Silva
Wanderlei Silva learned some of what he knows about fighting the old fashioned way- the street. That said, at age 13 he began formal training in Muay Thai. Later in his teen years, he joined the military where his fighting abilities became quickly obvious as he rose up in the ranks. Silva had already won some fighting tournaments in his age group by the time he enlisted.
More recently, Silva achieved a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Carlos Gracie, Jr.
- Date of Birth: The biography of Wanderlei Silva starts on July 3, 1976 in Curitiba, Brazil.
- Training Camp and Fighting Organization: Silva trains out of Wand Fight Team in Las Vegas, Nevada. That said, he is most well-known for the years he formerly put in with Chute Box Academy in Brazil. He fights for the UFC.
- Nicknames: According to an interview at MMA Sports Magazine, Silva was given his nickname The Axe Murderer by a previous matchmaker in the UFC. Silva has also been given the nickname Cachorro Louco (Mad Dog) in Brazil. Both nicknames reference his viciously aggressive fighting style.
Early MMA Career
Silva made his professional mixed martial arts debut on November 1, 1996, defeating Dilson Filho by KO due to a vicious elbow at a Brazilian Vale Tudo Fighting (BVD) organization event. He then went on to win his next three fights by way of stoppage (BVD and IVC events) before falling to Artur Mariano via TKO (cut).
From there, Silva achieved one more victory over Mike Van Arsdale (KO) before the UFC called.
However, Silva lost to Vitor Belfort by way of TKO in his inaugural UFC effort. He would then go on to win six straight fights, some in the PRIDE organization, one in the UFC, before a huge bout.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Tito Ortiz
When Silva came back to the UFC to fight Tito Ortiz at UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3, it was a highly anticipated affair. Unfortunately for him, Ortiz achieved takedowns at will and pounded his way to a unanimous decision victory.
Some might say that Silva used the loss to fuel his fire in the PRIDE organization.
Wanderlei Silva as PRIDE Champion:
Silva went 18 straight bouts without a loss after the Ortiz encounter, mostly in the PRIDE organization. He became the PRIDE Middleweight Champion on November 3, 2001, after stopping Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba for the second time. Silva’s winning streak came to an end on New Year’s Eve 2005 when he lost a split decision to Mark Hunt. After splitting a pair of fights with rival Ricardo Arona (winning the second to keep his belt) Silva was eventually brutally KO’d by both Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (heavyweight) and then Dan Henderson. He lost his belt to Henderson in his last PRIDE fight.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell in the UFC
Silva made his UFC debut against Chuck Liddell at UFC 79 on February 29, 2007 in a highly anticipated affair. Though both Liddell (having lost his UFC title to Quinton Jackson) and Silva (having lost two straight by way of KO) were no longer champions, it didn’t matter. People had waited a long time to see the most dominant PRIDE champion of the last several years take on the most dominant UFC champion.
The slugfest didn’t disappoint. In the end, Liddell was awarded a tough decision victory. Soon after, Silva lost to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in their third fight by way of KO.
Wanderlei Silva is known for his striking and aggressiveness. Once he hurts an opponent, that competitor has very little chance of survival as he pounces like a cat. He is an outstanding Muay Thai striker with a great clinch.
Silva owns a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. That said, he has never truly been a submission threat in MMA. Rather, he’s demonstrated good submission defense and an ability to survive while in his guard.
Silva is married and has a 12-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son named Thor. His daughter lives with her mother in Curitiba, Brazil.
Some of Wanderlei Silva’s Greatest Knockouts:
- Wanderlei Silva defeats Keith Jardine by KO at UFC 84: Ill Will: Silva had lost three straight fights coming into his UFC 84 bout against Jardine and was in danger of becoming obsolete in the stacked UFC light heavyweight division. But then a right-left-right combination dropped Jardine to the canvas very early in the initial round. Silva followed things up by holding Jardine’s head down with one hand and pounding away with the other until the fight was appropriately put to a halt.
- Wanderlei Silva defeats Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by KO at PRIDE 28 on 10/31/04: This was a great fight until Silva got hold of Jackson in the clinch in the second round. Several vicious knees later and his opponent’s body fell through the ropes.
- Wanderlei Silva defeats Kazushi Sakuraba by KO at PRIDE Total Elimination 2003 on August 10, 2003: Sakuraba was (and is) a Japanese legend. After one huge punch from Silva here, however, everyone knew that his best days were over for sure.
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