Very much like El Gigante/Giant Gonzales in the early years, Silva was originally a professional basketball player, playing for the Brazilian Team in the Olympic Games. He is often billed between 7'4 and 7'7 but is really 7'2.
PRIDE Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Silva competed in PRIDE Fighting Championships, a now-defunct mixed martial arts organization based in Japan. Silva, at one time, trained with members of the Gracie family, most notably Ricardo Gracie and Ralek Gracie. On December 31, 2006 Giant Silva defeated former Yokozona Akebono Tarō by Kimura Armlock in the first round at K-1 Dynamite 2006 for his second win of his career giving him a professional record of 2 wins and 6 losses overall spanning both PRIDE FC and K-1.
Silva is currently wrestling on the Independent Wrestling Circuit, making his return at the National Wrestling Superstars show in Carteret, New Jersey on August 25, 2007. He is a regular in NWS, and is currently taking bookings for independent promotions.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Win||2-6||Akebono||Submission (Kimura)||K-1 Premium Dynamite!! 2006||December 31, 2006||1||1:02||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||1-6||Ikuhisa Minowa||TKO (Knees)||PRIDE Bushido 10||April 2, 2006||1||2:33||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1-5||James Thompson||TKO (Strikes)||PRIDE Shockwave 2005||December 31, 2005||1||1:28||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||1-4||Choi Mu Bae||Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)||PRIDE Shockwave 2004||December 31, 2004||1||5:47||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||1-3||Takashi Sugiura||TKO (Punches)||PRIDE Bushido 4||July 19, 2004||1||2:35||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||1-2||Naoya Ogawa||TKO (Punches)||PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004||June 20, 2004||1||3:29||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||1-1||Henry Miller||Submission (Kimura)||PRIDE Total Elimination 2004||April 25, 2004||1||4:04||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||0-1||Heath Herring||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||PRIDE Shockwave 2003||December 31, 2003||3||0:35||Saitama, Japan|