Thiago Silva (fighter)

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Thiago Silva
Born Thiago Anderson Ramos da Silva
(1982-11-12) November 12, 1982 (age 31)
São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
Residence Oakland Park, Florida, United States
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14.9 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida
Team Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)[3]
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 16
By knockout 12
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
No contests 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Thiago Anderson Ramos da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [tʃiˈaɡu ˈsiwvɐ]; born November 12, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who most recently competed as a light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Once a member of the renowned Chute Boxe Academy, Silva now trains at Jaco Hybrid Training Center a.k.a the Blackzilians. Silva received his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Jorge Patino.

Background[edit]

Silva is from São Paulo, Brazil and had a difficult upbringing. He grew up in a very poor area and witnessed murders at a young age. To help support himself, he got his first job when he was only nine years old cleaning automobile parts. Silva was athletic, playing soccer and basketball, and attended school, but ran away from home at age 13 due to his abusive father, never to see his mother or younger brother again. He then lived on his own in the favelas or slums of São Paulo, moving into his friends' homes who would allow him to stay. While working during the day, he would attend school at night, and ended up graduating high school. The Brazilian favelas are notorious for being drug trafficking hot spots, and many of the neighborhoods are ruled by drug lords, some of whom would seek out Silva to help them and their children train. At age 18, Silva began to train in mixed martial arts and due to his poverty often had to choose between eating and training although his coach let him train for free in exchange for cleaning the facility.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Prior to signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Silva fought almost solely in his native country of Brazil. During his first nine professional bouts, he attained a perfect 9–0 record, winning seven of these bouts by KO or TKO and one by submission. Silva also won the Fury FC 2 Grand Prix in 2006 and fought in a Pancrase bout against Tatsuya Mizuno before receiving a UFC contract.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Silva made his UFC debut against former WEC Heavyweight Champion James Irvin at UFC 71. During the first round, Irvin injured his knee after a takedown from Silva and was unable to continue the fight. Silva was awarded the win by TKO. Silva's next fight was against UFC newcomer Tomasz Drwal at UFC 75. Silva won the fight by TKO due to strikes in the second round.

Following his first two wins, Silva made his televised debut as part of the main card of UFC 78 against Houston Alexander. During the bout, he quickly exposed Alexander's ground game, which had been untested in Alexander's first two knockout victories. After reversing position and securing the mount, Silva rained down punches until his opponent was knocked out in the opening round.

Silva was next slated to face Rashad Evans at UFC 84, but Evans was forced to pull out after being asked to fill in for a fight against Chuck Liddell at UFC 88. Instead, Silva squared off against UFC newcomer Antonio Mendes. After being dropped and momentarily stunned by a head kick from Mendes, Silva survived the flurry of strikes from Mendes and managed to take him down, securing the mounted position. From the dominant position, Silva attacked with punches and elbows until Mendes tapped out due to strikes in the opening round.

Originally scheduled to face fellow undefeated Brazilian Lyoto Machida at UFC 89, Silva was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injured back suffered while training. The fight was later rescheduled and took place at UFC 94. Machida won via one-punch knockout at the end of the opening round, ending Silva's thirteen fight undefeated streak.

Silva was slated to fight former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin, but Dana White instead chose to match Griffin against long time UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. He instead fought Keith Jardine at UFC 102. Early in the fight Silva countered an uppercut by Jardine with a short left hook that dropped Jardine, Silva then followed up with four punches on the ground rendering Jardine unconscious, stopping the fight at 1:35 of the first round.

He next fought Keith Jardine's friend and training partner Rashad Evans in the main event at UFC 108, and lost in a unanimous decision. Evans was able to keep octagon control through aggressive wrestling and takedowns throughout the majority of the fight, though Silva connected with two hooks that dropped Evans and momentarily dazed him in the final round. The judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Evans, resulting in Silva's second professional loss.

Silva was scheduled to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 117, but was forced off the card with a back injury[5] and replaced by UFC newcomer Todd Brown.[6]

Silva fought Brandon Vera on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125.[7] He won by unanimous decision after dominating Vera with ground and pound, including open palm thrusts which resulted in Vera's nose being broken.

UFC 125 drug test[edit]

Silva was expected to face the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130,[8] although there were rumors that the fight had been canceled due to injury or failed drug tests from his UFC 125 bout. In a statement with Brazilian MMA site Tatame, Thiago denied that he was injured; "Injured? Me? I’m very healthy. That’s not true and looks like the NSAC did two tests, one was positive and the other negative, I'm calm."

Following this statement, Keith Kizer, the commissioner of the NSAC, confirmed that Thiago Silva’s samples were still undergoing tests; "That’s not accurate. We have gotten only the first sample back. It could be weeks before we find out the results for the second test." The UFC didn't want to take any chances in waiting for the second test for Silva, so they replaced Silva with Matt Hamill.[9]

On March 29, Kizer released the details surrounding the questions about Silva's UFC 125 drug test. He confirmed that the findings, after two different drug testing facilities analyzed his urine sample, were inconsistent with human urine. This suggests that Silva submitted either an altered or substituted specimen for the sample used in the drug test.[10] The Nevada State Athletic Commission will discuss a temporary suspension at a hearing on April 7 as well as the possibility of ruling his most recent victory a no contest.[10]

On March 30 Silva released a statement admitting using a urine adulterant.

I used a urine adulterant when giving a sample following my fight with Brandon Vera. I did so in an attempt to alter the results of the test and knowingly broke the rules of the Nevada (State) Athletic Commission. This was a terrible decision on my part for which I will be punished. I am prepared to accept this punishment, learn from it and move on. I apologize to the commission, the UFC, Brandon Vera and the MMA fans.

Silva said he doesn't want to make an excuse for his behavior, but he did hope to offer an explanation for his decisions.

"Please do not interpret this as an attempt to justify my actions. I know they were wrong, and I know I made bad decisions... I reinjured my back 45 days before the fight with Brandon Vera. After not fighting for a year, I made the decision to not pull out of the fight. I also decided that the only way I could continue with the fight was to take injections in my back and spine that contained substances prohibited by the Nevada (State) Athletic Commission. I also made the decision to use a product to hide the presence of these substances in a urine test."[11]

After the hearing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed Silva a one-year suspension along with changing his previous win over Vera to a no contest, forfeiture of 25 percent of his purse, and $20,000 out of a $55,000 win bonus.[12]

Return post-suspension[edit]

Silva had served his one-year suspension on January 1, 2012.[13]

Silva was briefly linked to a rematch against Brandon Vera on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. However, Vera was forced out of the bout with an injury[14] and replaced by Igor Pokrajac.[15] Silva, however, was pulled from this bout on March 6 when it was announced he would replace injured Antônio Rogério Nogueira against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fuel TV 2.[16] On April 14, Silva faced rising prospect Alexander Gustafsson in Gustafsson's hometown of Stockholm, Sweden. Gustafsson used his massive reach, and stayed in the outside and Silva couldn't find his distance, Gustafsson knocked Silva down with an uppercut early in the first round that also caused a relatively large cut on the forehead of the Brazilian. The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, all in the favor of Gustafsson.

Silva was expected to face former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and former Chute Boxe Academy fighter, Maurício Rua on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[17] However, Silva was forced out of the bout with an injury.[18]

Silva faced undefeated Bulgarian wrestler Stanislav Nedkov on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.[19] Silva won the fight by arm triangle choke submission. On November 21, 2012, it was announced that Silva had failed his post fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana metabolites. Silva was subsequently suspended for 6 months, retroactive to November 10, 2012. His win over Nedkov was changed to a No Contest.[20]

Silva next faced debuting former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and fellow Brazilian Rafael Cavalcante on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[21] He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The fight also earned him his first 'Fight of the Night' and 'Knockout of the Night' bonus.

Silva faced Matt Hamill on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Silva was briefly linked to a bout with Ovince St. Preux on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.[23] However, Silva was quickly removed from the bout for undisclosed reasons.[24] The bout with St. Preux was rescheduled for March 15 at UFC 171.[25] The bout was scrapped again on February 7 after Silva was released from his contract following his arrest the previous night.[26]

Post-UFC career[edit]

In his first fight since his controversial UFC release, Silva is expected to face Mike Hayes at Fight Time 20 on August 29, 2014.[27][28]

Arrest and release from the UFC[edit]

On February 6, 2014, in Oakland Park, Florida, an intoxicated Silva allegedly threatened to shoot 25 people inside the Pablo Popovitch Brazilian jiu-jitsu Center, including his estranged wife Thaysa, who is in a relationship with the gym's owner, Pablo Popovitch. The day before, Thaysa called police on Thiago for violating a temporary protection order. That day, he also sent her a text message saying he would hire someone to kill her, and move his girlfriend into their house. After the incident, Silva fled to his nearby home where he barricaded himself inside. A SWAT team removed him from his residence after tasing him.[29][30][31] He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and non-violently resisting an officer; the attempted murder charges were later lessened to aggravated assaults by a Broward County judge, who also deemed Silva a flight risk and denied him bond.[32] Following the arrest, UFC President Dana White said Silva will "never fight in the UFC again". Later in the day, Silva was released from his UFC contract.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Silva resides in Oakland Park, Florida with his estranged wife Thaysa Kamiji Silva,[34] who is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. On January 30, 2014, she filed for a temporary injunction for protection against Thiago, following an incident where he allegedly held a gun in her mouth and threatened to kill her.[35][36]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Fury FC 2: Final Combat
    • 2006 Fury FC 2 GP Winner

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

  • State and Brazilian BJJ Tournaments Winner
  • Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Mike Hayes Fight Time 20 August 29, 2014 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 16–3 (2) Matt Hamill Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields October 9, 2013 3 5:00 Barueri, Brazil 208 lb. Catchweight bout. (Silva failed to make weight).
Win 15–3 (2) Rafael Cavalcante KO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 1 4:29 Fortaleza, Brazil Fight of the Night; Knockout of the Night.
NC 14–3 (2) Stanislav Nedkov NC (overturned) UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le November 10, 2012 3 1:45 Macau, SAR, China Original arm-triangle submission win and Submission of the Night; result overturned; Silva tested positive for marijuana.
Loss 14–3 (1) Alexander Gustafsson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva April 14, 2012 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
NC 14–2 (1) Brandon Vera NC (overturned) UFC 125: Resolution January 1, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Original unanimous decision win; result overturned after Silva falsified a urine sample.
Loss 14–2 Rashad Evans Decision (unanimous) UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva January 2, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–1 Keith Jardine KO (punches) UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira August 29, 2009 1 1:35 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 13–1 Lyoto Machida KO (punches) UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 January 31, 2009 1 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–0 Antonio Mendes Submission (punches) UFC 84: Ill Will May 24, 2008 1 2:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–0 Houston Alexander KO (punches) UFC 78: Validation November 17, 2007 1 3:25 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–0 Tomasz Drwal TKO (punches) UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion September 8, 2007 2 4:23 London, England
Win 10–0 James Irvin TKO (knee injury) UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson May 26, 2007 1 1:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Tatsuya Mizuno KO (soccer kick) Pancrase: Rising 2 February 28, 2007 1 4:29 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–0 Vitor Vianna TKO (arm injury) Fury FC 2: Final Combat November 30, 2006 1 1:50 São Paulo, Brazil Won the Fury FC 2 Grand Prix.
Win 7–0 Claudio Godoi KO (punches) Fury FC 2: Final Combat November 30, 2006 1 2:06 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 6–0 Dino Pezao TKO (punches) Show Fight 5 November 9, 2006 1 4:34 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 5–0 Dave Dalgliesh Submission (heel hook) Fury Fighting Championship 1 September 27, 2006 1 1:05 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 4–0 Claudio Godoi Decision (unanimous) Show Fight 4 April 6, 2006 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 3–0 Rodrigo Gripp de Sousa TKO (doctor stoppage) Shooto: Brazil 9 December 3, 2005 2 1:14 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 2–0 Flavio Polones KO (punch) Arena Combat Cup 2 November 5, 2005 1 3:39 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 1–0 Rubens Xavier TKO (head kick & punches) Predador FC 1 September 10, 2005 2 4:17 São Paulo, Brazil

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.fightmagazine.com/fighters/thiago-silva-479.htm
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  5. ^ "Thiago Silva injured again, replacement search underway for UFC 117 slot". mmajunkie.com. 2010-07-27. 
  6. ^ "UFC newcomer Todd Brown replaces Thiago Silva at UFC 117, meets Tim Boetsch". mmajunkie.com. 2010-07-27. 
  7. ^ "Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera targeted for UFC 125 in January". mmajunkie.com. 2010-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Thiago Silva targeted for UFC 130". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
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  15. ^ "Source: Thiago Silva back in UFC in May". espn.go.com.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
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