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Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva

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  • Given Name: Thiago Anderson Ramos da Silva
  • Professional MMA Record: 16-3-0, 2 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1982.11.12
  • Last Fight: October 09, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 208.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Blackzilians
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $418,000 USD
  • Born: Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |
  • Fighting out of: Boca Raton, Florida
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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After compiling an impressive professional record of 9-0 with eight stoppages prior to his UFC debut in 2007, Thiago Silva had garnered a reputation as a fearless Brazilian striker from the streets of Sao Paulo. After defeating James Irvin, Tomasz Drwal, Houston Alexander and Antonio Mendes—all of them with punches—to start off his UFC career, many felt that the Brazilian slugger was destined to wear the belt. Unfortunately for Silva, Lyoto Machida halted those dreams with a first-round knockout at UFC 94 in January of 2009.  Prior to his loss to Machida, Silva had been undefeated in his thirteen fight career with twelve of his wins coming via stoppage and eleven having ended due to strikes. After that fight, Silva defeated Keith Jardine with a first-round knockout and fought tooth-and-nail with former champion Rashad Evans while suffering from a severe back injury to repair and revitalize his image in the eyes of his fans.

While his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has rarely come into play in his pro career thus far, Silva’s striking ability, honed in the United States at the famed American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Florida, has lead him to stoppage victories in the vast majority of his wins. Combining his heavy hands with one of the most sinister staredowns in the sport, Silva figures to be a top contender at 205 and a solid fan draw for quite some time to come.

In January of 2011, Silva defeated Brandon Vera by Unanimous Decision, only to have the result changed to a No Contest several months later when his urine sample was flagged as an artificial substitute by the NSAC. Silva later admitted to using steroids and attempting to cheat his drug test and was subsequently fined, stripped of his fighting license and suspended from competition for one year.

Silva accepted his punishment and took full responsibility for his actions.  After being out of action for 15 months, Silva returned to the Octagon at UFC on FUEL TV 2 to face highly touted prospect Alexander Gustafsson. He would go on to lose the decision and would then face off against Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in November. Silva won the fight by submitting Nedkov in the third round however Silva would fail another drug test this time for marijuana metabolites thus changing the outcome of this fight to a No Contest as well.

Silva returned to the octagon again at UFC on FUEL TV 10 where he stopped Rafael Cavalcante via knockout at 4:29 of the first round. The knockout earned Silva Knockout of the Night honors as well as the Fight of the Night honors for his efforts. He next fought Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 29. Silva would miss weight for the fight, coming in at 208 pounds but this did not stop him from controlling much of the fight and coming very close to stopping the fight due to leg kicks. He would ultimately win a decision.

He was next scheduled to take on Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 35, but had to pull out due to injury. The fight was later rescheduled to UFC 171 two months later. However following reports of Thiago Silva being arrested for aggravated battery and resisting an officer he was released from the UFC with the UFC's president Dana White stating that Silva Silva will "never fight in the UFC again".

Despite originally being refused bail, Silva was finally allowed to post one and was released from custody. He was back to training in March 2014.

Last updated 04.11.2014, 9:24 AM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Mike Hayes Fight Time 20 2014.08.29
Reason: Silva Knee Injury
Cancelled Bout Ovince St. Preux UFC 171 2014.03.15
Reason: Silva Dismissed from UFC Contract Following Arrest
Cancelled Bout Ovince St. Preux UFC UFN 35 2014.01.15
Reason: Silva Withdrew
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Matt Hamill
15-3-0 11-4-0

UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 208.0 lbs | Referee: Keith Peterson
Cancelled Bout Rafael Cavalcante UFC 162 2013.07.06
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:29 Round 1 of 3

Rafael Cavalcante
14-3-0 11-3-0

UFC on FUEL TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum 2
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Fight/Night, $50K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
UFC on FUEL TV 10 Fight of the Night
UFC on FUEL TV 10 Knockout of the Night
No Contest
1:45 Round 3 of 3, 11:45 Total

Stanislav Nedkov
14-3-0 12-0-0

UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Perceval
UFC on FUEL TV 6 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Maurício Rua UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Silva Injury
Cancelled Bout Igor Pokrajac UFC on FUEL TV 3 2012.05.15
Reason: Silva Rescheduled
Cancelled Bout Brandon Vera UFC on FUEL TV 3 2012.05.15
Reason: Vera Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Alexander Gustafsson
14-2-0 13-1-0

UFC on FUEL TV 2: Silva vs. Gustafsson
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: +215 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Leon Roberts
Cancelled Bout Quinton Jackson UFC 130 2011.05.28
Reason: UFC Rescheduling
No Contest | Overturn
5:00 Round 3 of 3, 15:00 Total

Brandon Vera
14-2-0 11-5-0

UFC 125: Resolution
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 ($55K Base, $55K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#49 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Cancelled Bout Tim Boetsch UFC 117 2010.08.07
Reason: Silva Back Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rashad Evans
14-1-0 13-1-1

UFC 108: Evans vs Silva
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: +165 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $55,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: Sepultura - Ratamahatta
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 3

Keith Jardine
13-1-0 15-5-1

UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $58,000 ($29K Base, $29K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Sepultura - Ratamahatta
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:59 Round 1 of 3

Lyoto Machida
13-0-0 13-0-0

UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: +190 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $29,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#43 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC 94 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Lyoto Machida UFC 89 2008.10.18
Reason: Silva Back Injury
Win | Submission | Punches
2:24 Round 1 of 3

Antonio Mendes
12-0-0 16-4-0

UFC 84: Ill Will
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: -621 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:25 Round 1 of 3

Houston Alexander
11-0-0 8-1-0

UFC 78: Validation
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: +140 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:23 Round 2 of 3, 9:23 Total

Tomasz Drwal
10-0-0 14-1-1

UFC 75: Champion vs Champion
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Odds: -325 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
1:06 Round 1 of 3

James Irvin
9-0-0 12-3-0

UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 202.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Tatsuya Mizuno


Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Vitor Vianna

Sao Paulo Regional

Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Claudio Godoy

Sao Paulo Regional

Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Dino Pezao


Win | Submission | Leglock

Dave Dalgliesh

Fury FC 1

Win | Decision | Unanimous

Claudio Godoy


Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Rodrigo Gripp de Sousa

Shooto Brazil

Win | KO/TKO

Flavio Polones


Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

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