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Thiago Silva
Born November 12, 1982 (1982-11-12) (age 34)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazil Flag Brazilian
Listed height 6 ft 1 in
Listed weight 205 lbs
Division Light Heavyweight
Style Muay Thai
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fights out of U.S Flag Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Wins 14
Loses 3

Thiago Anderson Ramos da Silva (born November 12, 1982) is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who currently competes in the light heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Once a member of the renowned Chute Boxe Academy, Silva now trains with established fighting stable American Top Team.

MMANews and Sherdog.com both currently rank Silva as the #8 light heavyweight fighter in the world, while MMAWeekly ranks him as the #10 best light heavyweight in the world.[1][2][3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Prior to signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Silva fought almost solely in his native country of Brazil. During his first 9 professional bouts, he attained a perfect 9–0 record, winning 7 of these bouts by KO or TKO.

UFC careerEdit

Silva made his UFC debut against James Irvin at UFC 71. During the first round, Irvin injured his knee and was unable to continue the fight. Silva was awarded the win by TKO. Silva's next fight was against fellow 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 future UFC light heavyweight champion 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 fellow countryman Antonio Mendes. After being surprised by a head kick moments into the bout, Silva was able to take down his opponent and secure mount position. From the dominant position, Silva pounded away with punches and elbows until Mendes tapped out in the opening round.

Originally scheduled to face future light heavyweight champion 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 KO at the end of the opening round, ending Silva's undefeated streak.

Silva was slated to fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, but Dana White instead chose to match Griffin against Anderson Silva. He instead fought Keith Jardine at UFC 102. Silva dropped Jardine with a short left hook then followed up with four punches on the ground, rendering Jardine unconscious, stopping the fight at 1:35 seconds of the first round at UFC 102.

He next fought Keith Jardine's friend and training partner Rashad Evans in the main event at UFC 108, losing a unanimous decision. Evans was able to utilize his superior wrestling skills to control Silva for the first two rounds, although Silva showed great resiliency on his back by quickly getting back to his feet and avoiding damage while also showing great amounts of frustration. After being taken down numerous times through the fight, Silva attempted to entice Evans into a stand-up brawl with taunts. Even though Rashad didn't bite, later in the round Silva connected with two hooks that dropped Evans momentarily. Instead of going in to finish off the dazed Evans, Thiago continued to taunt Rashad. This enabled Evans to recover and survive the round. The judges would go on to score the bout 29-28 in favour of Evans, resulting in Silva's second professional MMA loss.

Silva is expected to make his return at UFC 116[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Silva currently resides in Coconut Creek, Florida. His wife's name is Thaysa.[5]

He lists former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva as his hero on his UFC profile.[6]

Luiz Cane, once a fierce rival, is now a training partner and good friend since Luiz Cane joined Thiago's American Top Team camp.[7]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14-2 United States flag Rashad Evans Decision (Unanimous) UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva 02010-
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January 2, 2010
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 14–1 United States flag Keith Jardine KO (Punches) UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira 02009-
August
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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August 29, 2009
1 1:35 United States flag Portland, Oregon, US
Loss 13–1 Brazil flag Lyoto Machida KO (Punch) UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 02009-
January
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January 31, 2009
1 4:59 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 13–0 Brazil flag Antonio Mendes Submission (Punches) UFC 84: Ill Will 02008-
May
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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May 24, 2008
1 2:24 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 12–0 United States flag Houston Alexander KO (Punches)[1] UFC 78: Validation 02007-
November
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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November 17, 2007
1 3:25 United States flag Newark, New Jersey
Win 11–0 Poland flag Tomasz Drwal TKO (Punches) UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion 02007-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 8, 2007
2 4:23 United Kingdom flag London, England
Win 10–0 United States flag James Irvin TKO (Knee injury) UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson 02007-
May
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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May 26, 2007
1 1:06 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada UFC Debut
Win 9–0 Japan flag Tatsuya Mizuno KO (Soccer Kick) Pancrase – Rising 2 02007-
February
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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February 28, 2007
1 4:29 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–0 Brazil flag Vitor Vianna TKO (Arm Injury) Fury FC 2 - Final Combat 02006-
November
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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November 30, 2006
1 1:50 Brazil flag Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 7–0 Brazil flag Claudio Godoi TKO (Punches) Fury FC 2 - Final Combat 02006-
November
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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November 30, 2006
1 2:06 Brazil flag Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 6–0 Brazil flag Dino Pezao TKO (Punches) SF 5 – Show Fight 5 02006-
November
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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November 9, 2006
1 4:34 Brazil flag Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 5–0 Netherlands flag Dave Dalgliesh Submission (Heel Hook) Fury FC 1 – Fury Fighting Championship 1 02006-
September
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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September 27, 2006
1 1:05 Brazil flag Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 4–0 Brazil flag Claudio Godoi Decision (Unanimous) SF 4 – Show Fight 4 02006-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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April 6, 2006
3 5:00 Brazil flag Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 3–0 Brazil flag Rodrigo Gripp de Sousa TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Shooto – Brazil 9 02005-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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December 3, 2005
2 1:14 Brazil flag Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 2–0 Brazil flag Flavio Polones KO ACC 2 – Arena Combat Cup 2 02005-
November
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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November 5, 2005
1 N/A Brazil flag Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 1–0 Brazil flag Rubens Xavier TKO (Punches and Soccer Kicks) PFC 1 – Predador FC 1 02005-
September
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September 10, 2005
2 4:17 Brazil flag Sao Paulo, Brazil

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