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"The Axe Murderer"

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Wanderlei Silva

"The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva

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  • Given Name: Wanderlei César da Silva
  • Professional MMA Record: 35-12-1, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Axe Murderer
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 38 | Date of Birth: 1976.07.03
  • Last Fight: March 02, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Wand Fight Team
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,470,000 USD
  • Born: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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The legendary “Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva began fighting professionally in 1996 in his birth country of Brazil, participating in dangerous Vale Tudo-style bare knuckle contests which seasoned him to the worst of MMA violence at a relatively young age. Silva honed his trademark ferocity in those almost-no-holds-barred early matches, where headbutts, groin shots and other extreme tactics were permitted.


After racking up wins in smaller promotions, Silva started building one of the most impressive legacies in the history of the sport when he debuted for the Japan-based Pride Fighting Championships in 1999. Silva would go on to become one of its biggest stars. “The Axe Murderer” embarked on an extraordinary 18-fight unbeaten streak stretching from 2000-2004, finishing 14 of the fights by knockout or TKO and winning and repeatedly defending the Pride 205 lb. Championship in the process. He was criticized for the frequency of “hand picked,” second-tier Japanese fighters padding the multi-year winning streak, but Silva's definitive wins over Dan Henderson, Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson in Pride cannot be discounted.


A Muay Thai wrecking machine, Wanderlei Silva was without question the most feared striker in all of MMA during his legendary run in Pride FC. Combining a vicious Thai Clinch with superior reflexes, superb conditioning and an extremely aggressive fighting style, Silva literally tore his way through the majority of the best fighters in his weight class for almost a decade. His multiple victories over Kazushi Sakuraba and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson were perhaps the height of his legacy.


Shortly after the collapse of Pride in 2007, a slimmed-down Silva moved to the UFC and competed against some of the biggest names in the United States, including Chuck Liddell, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rich Franklin, and Michael Bisping.


Once trained at the legendary Curitiba-based Chute Boxe Academy famed for its unique brand of violent aggression, Silva now trains out of a gym he owns and operates in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has publicly stated that he plans on fighting until he physically cannot continue to do so in order to please his loyal fan base. As he increasingly assumes the role of elder statesman, Silva remains one of MMA’s most beloved fighters. "The Axe Murderer" was given to Wanderlei Silva by the way he defeat his opponents with the knees. Wanderlei Silva has another nickname, he is known as "Cachorro Louco"(Crazy dog) in Brazil because of the way he defeated his opponents.


After a 17 month layoff Silva returned at UFC 132 in a much anticipated fight against Chris 'The Crippler' Leben, losing in the first round via knockout. At UFC 139 Silva would welcome the exciting/unorthodox striker Cung Le to the octagon. In a Fight of the Night performance Silva would go on to defeat Cung Le in the second round via TKO using knees and following it up with punches on the ground. Silva then hosted the first season of TUF Brazil alongside Vitor Belfort. The two were set to have  their rematch at UFC 147. Due to a broken hand suffered by Belfort the fight was called off, but Silva would have another rematch as a replacement. He would fight Rich Franklin, the two had fought 3 years earlier with Franklin picking up the decision win. In the rematch after nearly finishing Franklin in round 2 Silva would have another Fight of the Night performance, but would again lose to Franklin via unanimous decision. In an October interview with Sherdog, Silva stated that he would be open to going up in weight in 2013, whether it be a catchweight or a light heavyweight bout.


At UFC on FUEL TV 8, Wanderlei Silva made his much anticipated return to Japan, a country that has treated him extremely well in the past. He headlined the card against another slugger, Brian Stann. Both guys had been competing at MW in their last few outings, but this fight took place at Light Heavyweight. In a back and forth fight Silva was eventually able to TKO Stann in the second round proving he still has the finishing power he is known for. Silva also won Knockout of The Night and Fight of the Night for his efforts.


Silva would be a coach opposite Chael Sonnen for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3. The two have had heated confrontations already and should make for an entertaining bout when they finally meet up (after 2 cancelled bouts) at UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida on July 5th, 2014.


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Wanderlei Silva MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Chael Sonnen UFC 175 2014.07.05
Reason: Silva Skipped Medicals
Cancelled Bout Chael Sonnen UFC UFN 2014.05.31
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Cancelled Bout Chael Sonnen UFC 173 2014.05.24
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:08 Round 2 of 5, 9:08 Total

Brian Stann
Ref: Marc Goddard

UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 93 kg

2013.03.02
Odds: +260 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Fight/Night, $50K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs
#32 Greatest Fight of All Time
#22 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#2 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
#5 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC on FUEL TV 8 Fight of the Night
UFC on FUEL TV 8 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Rich Franklin
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin 2
Main Event | Catchweight | 190 lbs

2012.06.23
Odds: +120 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 188.0 lbs
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC 147 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Vitor Belfort UFC 147 2012.06.23
Reason: Belfort Broken Hand
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:49 Round 2 of 3, 9:49 Total

Cung Le
Ref: Dan Stell

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.11.19
Odds: +175 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $270,000 ($200K Base, $70K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#97 Greatest Fight of All Time
#13 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#36 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
#35 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 139 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:27 Round 1 of 3

Chris Leben
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber II
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.07.02
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#79 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#10 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
Cancelled Bout Yoshihiro Akiyama UFC 116 2010.07.03
Reason: Silva Knee/Rib Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Michael Bisping
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.02.20
Odds: -208 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 184.8 lbs
#12 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#7 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rich Franklin
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 99: The Comeback
Main Event | Catchweight | 195 lbs

2009.06.13
Odds: +132 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 194.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Darude - Sandstorm
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC 99 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
3:21 Round 1 of 3

Quinton Jackson
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.12.27
Odds: -136 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs
#20 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 92 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:36 Round 1 of 3

Keith Jardine
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 84: Ill Will
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.05.24
Odds: -163 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $225,000 ($150K Base, $75K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#65 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 84 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Chuck Liddell
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 79: Nemesis
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.12.29
Odds: -143 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($150K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#5 Greatest Fight of All Time
#3 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 79 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:08 Round 3 of 5, 12:08 Total

Dan Henderson
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 33: The Second Coming
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 205

2007.02.24
Odds: -275 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#46 Greatest Fight of All Time
#28 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#16 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Cancelled Bout Chuck Liddell UFC 65 2006.11.18
Reason: Dispute Between UFC/Pride
Loss | KO/TKO | Kick
5:26 Round 1 of 2

Mirko Filipovic
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

2006.09.10
Odds: +140 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 225.1 lbs
#60 Greatest Fight of All Time
#23 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#14 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
9:21 Round 1 of 2

Kazuyuki Fujita
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Critical Countdown Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

2006.07.01
Odds: -232 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Ricardo Arona
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Shockwave 2005
Main Card | Title Defense | Middleweight | 93 kg

2005.12.31
Odds: -175 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ricardo Arona
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Final Conflict 2005
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 93 kg

2005.08.28
Odds: -210 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#72 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
5:24 Round 1 of 2

Kazuhiro Nakamura
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Critical Countdown 2005
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 93 kg

2005.06.26
Odds: -700 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Hidehiko Yoshida
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Total Elimination 2005
Main Event | Tournament Round of 16 | 93 kg

2005.04.23
Odds: -285 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Mark Hunt
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.12.31
Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs
#59 Biggest Upset of All Time
Cancelled Bout Kazushi Sakuraba Pride SW 2004 2004.12.31
Reason: Sakuraba Withdrew
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
3:26 Round 2 of 3, 13:26 Total

Quinton Jackson
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 28: High Octane
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 93 kg

2004.10.31
Odds: -155 Slight Favorite
#16 Greatest Fight of All Time
#7 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#4 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
2:46 Round 1 of 3

Yuki Kondo
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga

Pride Final Conflict 2004
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2004.08.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:09 Round 1 of 2

Ikuhisa Minowa
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Bushido 2
Main Event | Middleweight | 93 kg

2004.02.15
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Hidehiko Yoshida
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 93 kg

2003.11.09
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
6:28 Round 1 of 2

Quinton Jackson
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Event | Tournament Finals | 93 kg

2003.11.09
#55 Greatest Fight of All Time
#18 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
5:01 Round 1 of 3

Kazushi Sakuraba

Pride Total Elimination 2003
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 93 kg

2003.08.10
Odds: -775 Huge Favorite
#77 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#29 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
3:40 Round 1 of 3

Hiromitsu Kanehara
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 93 kg

2002.11.24
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:16 Round 1 of 3

Tatsuya Iwasaki
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Shockwave
Main Card | Light Heavyweight

2002.08.28
Weigh-In: 209.4 lbs
Draw | Decision
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Mirko Filipovic
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 20: Armed and Ready
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.04.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:28 Round 2 of 3, 12:28 Total

Kiyoshi Tamura
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 19: Bad Blood
Main Card | Title Defense | Middleweight | 93 kg

2002.02.24
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:22 Round 3 of 3, 17:22 Total

Alexander Otsuka
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 18: Cold Fury 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.12.23
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
10:00 Round 1 of 3

Kazushi Sakuraba
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 17: Championship Chaos
Main Event | Vacant Title | Middleweight | 93 kg

2001.11.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:30 Round 1 of 3

Shungo Oyama

Pride 14: Clash of the Titans
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.05.27
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:38 Round 1 of 3

Kazushi Sakuraba

Pride 13: Collision Course
Main Event | Heavyweight

2001.03.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Dan Henderson

Pride 12: Cold Fury
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.12.09
No Contest | KO/TKO
0:21 Round 1 of 3

Gilbert Yvel

Pride 11: Battle of the Rising Sun
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.10.31
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:45 Round 1 of 3

Guy Mezger

Pride 10: Return of the Warriors
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.08.27
Weigh-In: 197.8 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
0:39 Round 1

Todd Medina
Ref: Pedro Rizzo

Meca World Value Tudo
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2000.08.12
Weigh-In: 205.03 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Tito Ortiz
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3
Main Event | Vacant Title | Middleweight | 90 kg

2000.04.14
Weigh-In: 198.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
2:42 Round 1 of 3

Bob Schrijber

Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.01.30
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Daijiro Matsui

Pride 8
Main Card | Heavyweight

1999.11.21
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Carl Greco

Pride 7
Main Card | Heavyweight

1999.09.12
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO
2:53 Round 1 of 1

Tony Petarra
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 20: Battle for the Gold
Main Card | Middleweight | 199 lbs

1999.05.07
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Punches

Eugene Jackson

IVC 10

1999.04.27
Win | KO/TKO

Adrian Serrano

IVC 9

1999.01.20
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:44 Round 1 of 1

Vitor Belfort
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil
Main Card | Title Match | Middleweight | 199 lbs

1998.10.16
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs
#19 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#23 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO

Mike Van Arsdale

IVC 6

1998.08.23
Win | Submission | Punches

Egidio Amaro da Costa

IVC 2

1997.09.15
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury

Artur Mariano

IVC 2

1997.09.15
Win | KO/TKO

Sean Bormet

IVC 2

1997.09.15
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Marcelo Barbosa

BVF 10

1997.07.01
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:35 Round 1

Dilson Filho

Brazil Regional

1996.11.01

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