UFC MMA Fighter bio Wanderlei Silva
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Nick name: “The axe murderer”, nicknamed for his extremely aggressive style
UFC Record: 2-4
Fights out of: Las Vegas, NV
Strengths: Very experienced, extremely aggressive, and excellent striker
•In Brazil, Wanderlei’s nickname was ‘Cashorro Louco’ which means ‘Crazy Dog’.
•He made his professional fighting debut in Vale Tudo, ‘anything goes’, tournaments in Brazil November of 1996. It wasn’t until October of 1998 that he made his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort, who knocked him out in only 44seconds.
•After loosing to Tito Ortiz in April 2000, Wanderlei moved to Pride FC organization, where he fought until he returned to the octagon in December of 2007 to face Chuck Liddel.
Wanderlei Silva has had two very distinctive careers in MMA, one in Pride and one in the UFC. His Pride career is a highlight reel full of knockouts, including the KO of Rampage Jackson. His career in the Octagon has been less than stellar, with only 2 wins. His aggressive striking was suited very well to fighting in a ring, verses fighting in the bigger cage of the UFC. Japanese rules also allowed for some more vicious tactics such as stomping, kicking and kneeing a downed opponent. There are only a few MMA fighters that train harder than Wanderlei, and even fewer that have show the ability to take a punch like him, His extreme aggressiveness gives him a reputation for exciting fights. His downfall over the years is his ability to transition his style to the cage, and now father time has become his toughest opponent. All of the vicious brawls that he has been involved in over his long career have caught up with him, He has lost his ability to take a punch, and has been knocked out several times in the last couple years. If you are a new MMA fan, look back through the Pride FC archives because his recent fights don’t do him justice for what he has accomplished as a Mixed Martial artist.
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