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Biography and Profile of Thiago Silva

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Thiago Silva Biography Introduction:

MMA fighters can be broken down into many different categories. For example, those that look like they can absolutely demolish you and those that don't. Make no mistake, Kenny Florian is one dangerous hombre, but he doesn't exactly look the part, now does he? On the flip side, Wanderlei Silva looks like the kind of guy that you never- I mean never- want to meet up with in a dark alley.

So if we're breaking down MMA combatants in that way, it's probably a good idea to put Thiago Silva in Wanderlei's category. After all, he looks the part. The good thing, by the way, is that he also plays the part quite well.

Date of Birth:

Thiago Anderson Ramos da Silva was born on November 12, 1982 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Training Camp, Fighting Organization, and Weight Class:

Silva was a longtime member of Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil. However, he now trains with American Top Team. Silva fights for the UFC in their light heavyweight (205 pound) division.

Martial Arts Background:

Anyone that has ever trained at Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil has Muay Thai skills, and Silva is no different. Beyond that, he also owns a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.

Fighting Style:

Silva is definitely well-rounded. He's a very aggressive striker that can do damage from a distance with Muay Thai style kicks and punches, as well as in the clinch with knees and elbows. In fact, he's a knockout waiting to happen and has proven this throughout his MMA career. Beyond that, Silva is also very powerful and has an underrated submission game, perhaps because most of his fights end via (T)KO.

Interestingly, his highly aggressive style is reminiscent of Wanderlei Silva's, who Thiago notes to be one of his heroes.

MMA Career:

Silva won his first 13 MMA fights, with all but one of those victories coming by way of stoppage (mostly (T)KO's). Of those wins, four straight came in the UFC before he dropped his first match to Lyoto Machida by way of first round KO.

Also of note is the fact that Silva's first eight fights all took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, his birthplace.

Personal Life:

Silva resides in Coconut Creek, Florida with his wife, Thaysa.

Some of Thiago Silva's Biggest Victories:

  • Thiago Silva defeats Rubens Macula by TKO at PFC 1: This was Silva's first fight and win. There's never anything quite like it.
  • Thiago Silva defeats Tomasz Drwal by second round KO at UFC 75: Drwal is one tough hombre. So by defeating him, Silva announced himself as a verified tough guy in the UFC.
  • Thiago Silva defeats Houston Alexander by first round KO at UFC 78: At the time, Alexander was looking like the next great thing in the UFC. That said, everyone was still wondering about his ground game. After Silva took him down easily and dominated him on the ground en-route to a KO stoppage, all questions surrounding Alexander's (and Silva's) ground game were answered.
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