Wagnney Fabiano

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Wagnney Fabiano
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Born Wagnney Silva Fabiano-Santos
(1975-07-14) July 14, 1975 (age 39)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names The Silencer
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight (2006-2009, 2012-present)
Bantamweight (2010)
Lightweight (2002-2004)
Reach 69 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Team Nova União
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2000-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 15
By knockout 2
By submission 8
By decision 5
Losses 4
By submission 2
By decision 2
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Wagnney Silva Fabiano-Santos (born July 14, 1975) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He is best known for fighting in the WEC, which was owned by Zuffa who also owns the UFC. He used to fight for the Toronto Dragons of the International Fight League and is the former IFL Featherweight Champion.


Wagnney’s mix of his proficient striking ability and solid ground game is helping him grow into a well rounded and accomplished mixed martial artist. Wagnney has trained in Brazil with teammates under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and has been linked to Renzo Gracie’s Academy. He is also known to have coached Georges St-Pierre in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


On October 14 of 2006, Fabiano stepped in to face off against Jeff Curran. Both fighters seemed overly tentative on the feet, and the fight largely consisted of grappling. Fabiano landed a few takedowns but offered little offence on the ground, being unable to improve his position. Curran came out firing in the third as he landed some good shots before they hit the canvas again. Even with Curran's third round, it appeared Fabiano would be ahead on takedowns on the scorecards. However the decision was announced, contentiously, in favor of Jeff Curran by split decision.

International Fight League[edit]

After losing for the first time in his career via controversial split decision to Jeff Curran, Fabiano ventured into the International Fight League. In his career there, he enjoyed four straight wins showcasing notable submission offence by ending each fight via submission in the first round. He then fought LC Davis and became IFL Featherweight Champion with a submission victory by armbar near the close of the first round. This was after dropping down to 145-pounds after defeating John Gunderson at 155-pounds in his previous IFL World Grand Prix fight. The victory over Gunderson was supposed to set up Fabiano for a match with the previously unbeaten Chris Horodecki, but Fabiano dropped down to 145-pounds in order to fight for the Featherweight Championship.

Wagnney Fabiano's next bout, and first IFL Featherwight title defense, came against Shad Lierley on April 4, 2008 at; IFL - New Blood, New Battles 2. In what was dubbed as an archetypal fight between wrestler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert, Fabiano won by knocking out Lierly at 0:37 of the first round. Fabiano displayed impressive standup skills, utilizing good leg kicks and bodyshots. Near the end of the round he threw a left jab which Lierly parried partially, but connected a flush right hook to knock out the challenger convincingly and conclude his first title defence. It also become his last and only defence of the IFL Featherwight championship as the company ceased operations on July 31, 2008.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

On August 22 of 2008, the WEC announced that it had signed the last remaining champion from the International Fight League (IFL). Wagnney Fabiano had signed with the Zuffa owned company, and has expressed interest in a matchup with former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. Fabiano was quoted as saying, “[Urijah] Faber is the best of the world now. To beat him, I think you have to be in a good shape. He’s an expert fighter and he has good gas. It’s complicated to beat a guy like him. You have to set a good gameplan and be calm and watch the elbows, because if he hits you it can change the whole fight.” He has since had two straight wins in the WEC via submission and unanimous decision, which extends his undefeated streak to eight wins.

Fabiano was scheduled to fight undefeated WEC newcomer Erik Koch on October 10, 2009 at WEC 43.,[1] but Koch was forced to withdraw due to an undislosed injury while training, he was replaced by Mackens Semerzier.[2] Fabiano was defeated by Semerzier by submission via triangle choke in the first round. Fabiano found himself on the wrong end of the Sherdog.com Upset of the Year as a result of that submission loss. [1]

Fabiano was expected to face Frank Gomez on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46.[3] but Gomez has been forced out of the bout with an injury.[4] Fabiano instead faced Clint Godfrey, winning his bantamweight debut via unanimous decision.[5]

Fabiano/Gomez eventually took place on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[6] Fabiano won the fight via unanimous decision.

Fabiano was expected to face former WEC Bantamweight Champion Brian Bowles at WEC 52.[7] However, Bowles was forced off the card with an injury.[8] and replaced by Joseph Benavidez.[9] Fabiano was defeated by Benavidez via second round submission.

Despite going 4-2 in the WEC, Fabiano was cut by Zuffa after his WEC 52 loss and the WEC/UFC merger.[10] Following his release, Fabiano tried out for The Ultimate Fighter 14 at the open tryouts in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 21, 2011.[11]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

After almost 2 years away from the sport, Fabiano returned to MMA to compete in the Bellator Season Seven Featherweight tournament, He faced Akop Stepanyan in the Quarterfinals at Bellator 76[12] and won the bout via first round armbar submission.

On November 9, 2012 Fabiano took on Rad Martinez at Bellator 80 in the Semifinals losing via unanimous decision.

Personal life[edit]

Fabiano is married to Rachel Romero dos Santos and has a daughter Joy Melody Romero dos Santos.[13]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • TKO Major League MMA
    • UCC/TKO World Super-Lightweight Championship (One time)[14]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–4 Rad Martinez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 80 November 9, 2012 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 15–3 Akop Stepanyan Submission (armbar) Bellator 76 October 12, 2012 1 3:24 Windsor, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 14–3 Joseph Benavidez Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 52 November 11, 2010 2 2:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–2 Frank Gomez Decision (unanimous) WEC 49 June 20, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 13–2 Clint Godfrey Decision (unanimous) WEC 46 January 10, 2010 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Bantamweight debut
Loss 12–2 Mackens Semerzier Submission (triangle choke) WEC 43 October 10, 2009 1 2:14 San Antonio, Texas, United States 2010 Sherdog upset of the year
Win 12–1 Fredson Paixão Decision (unanimous) WEC 40 April 5, 2009 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 11–1 Akitoshi Tamura Submission (arm-triangle choke) WEC 37 December 3, 2008 3 4:48 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Shad Lierley KO (punch) IFL: New Blood, New Battles 2 April 4, 2008 1 0:37 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Defended IFL Featherweight Championship
Win 9–1 LC Davis Submission (armbar) IFL - World Grand Prix Finals December 29, 2007 1 3:38 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Became First IFL Featherweight Champion
Win 8–1 John Gunderson Submission (guillotine choke) IFL - World Grand Prix Semifinals November 3, 2007 2 1:53 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 7–1 Erik Owings Submission (armbar) IFL - Las Vegas June 16, 2007 1 0:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Cam Ward Submission (arm-triangle choke) IFL - Connecticut April 13, 2007 1 3:24 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 5–1 Ian Loveland Submission (arm-triangle choke) IFL - Atlanta February 23, 2007 1 0:59 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 4–1 Jeff Curran Decision (split) APEX: A Night Of Champions October 14, 2006 3 5:00 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Win 4–0 Bao Quach KO (head kick) APEX: Evolution June 10, 2006 1 4:50 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Win 3–0 Matt Fiordirosa Decision (unanimous) Freedom Fights: Canada vs. USA January 14, 2006 3 5:00 Hull, Quebec, Canada
Win 2–0 Tommy Lee Submission (arm-triangle choke) TKO 16: Infernal May 22, 2004 1 2:46 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Won TKO World Super-Lightweight Championship
Win 1–0 Ali Nestor Charles Decision (unanimous) UCC 1: The New Beginning June 2, 2002 2 10:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won UCC Lightweight MMA World Championship


  • Third-Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Wendell Alexander and Andre Pederneiras.
  • Has also trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and Carlos Gracie (Jr.).
  • Member of 1997 BJJ World Champions team Nova Uniao.
  • Won five (5) state titles.
  • Three-time Brazilian National Champion.
  • Brazilian National Teams Champion.
  • Won Pan-Am '95.
  • Third Place in the world in Mundials '98.
  • 2004 Arnold Gracie Worlds Pro Division 2nd Place.
  • 2005 ADCC Quarter Finalist.
  • Won the NAGA, Grapplers Quest, and the Brazilian Abu Dhabi trials.


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New championship 1st IFL Featherweight Champion
December 29, 2007 - July 31, 2008
Succeeded by
IFL ceased operations