Raised on the East Coast, Silva's interest in mixed martial arts developed after seeing the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. He subsequently trained under Renzo Gracie in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having obtained the level of purple belt. Silva currently trains alongside UFC notables including Quinton Jackson and Cheick Kongo.
Competing primarily in smaller organizations, Silva received a call from the UFC to fill in as a last minute replacement for Dan Miller and made his debut against C.B. Dollaway at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard.
|Professional record breakdown|
|13||5 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||Chris Leben||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz||01/11/2010||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||C.B. Dollaway||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard||09/16/2009||3||5:00||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Ray Lizama||KO (Punches)||Call to Arms 2||08/15/2009||3||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||Reggie Orr||KO (Knee)||Call to Arms I||05/16/2009||2||1:41||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||Mike Johnson||TKO (Punches)||Extreme Challenge: Mayhem at the Marina||03/28/2009||2||1:26||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||Plinio Cruz||Decision (Split)||KAP: The Return of Macaco||02/7/2009||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||Ozzie Guillen||KO (Knee)||Sparstar Promotions: Battle of the Rising Stars||07/25/2008||3||0:42||Montebello, California, United States|
|Win||Mark DaPolito||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Ring of Combat 20||06/27/2008||2||3:47||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|