Wanderlei Silva Net Worth, MMA Fight History, and Family

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A successful MMA career made Wanderlei Silva a rich man. The net worth of this man is $18 million.

The prominent MMA fighter of America who is well known to all as “The Axe Murderer” is Wanderlei Silva. He is a Brazilian-American retired mixed martial artist. This man fought in the Pride Fighting Championships and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the holder of the record for most wins, knockouts, title defenses, and the longest winning streak in Pride history. With his glowing performance, he became the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Champion and the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion.

Early Life

Wanderlei Silva was born on July 3, 1976, in Curitiba, Brazil. His full name is Wanderlei César da Silva. He is the son of his father, Holando Pinheiro da Silva. His father died in a car accident in Brazil on August 26, 2012.


The 46-year-old man is tall at five feet 11 inches, and his weight is 220 lbs. He played in the divisions of heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight.

He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. The fighting style of this man is Muay Thai.


In his personal life, Wanderlei Silva is married. He wed Tea Silva in 2002 in Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil. He is the father of two children. They have one son, Thor Silva, and one daughter, Rafaela Silva.

At present, he lives in Curitiba, Brazil.

Wanderlei Silva- MMA Career

Wanderlei Silva fought in 51 games. Among them, he won 35 fights (knockout 27, submission 1, decision 7) and lost 14 fights (knockout 7, decision 7).

Draws: 1

No contests: 1

In his professional life, he was connected with Chute Boxe Academy (from 1996 to 2007), Kings MMA (from 2011 to 2018), Wand Fight Team (from 2007-present), and Evoluço Thai Brasil (from 2018 to present).

His trainers were Rudimar Fedrigo, Cristiano Marcello, and André Amado. He was active in the field of combat from 1996 to 2013 and from 2017 to 2022.Wanderlei Silva Career Earnings

  • Fight history – Win vs. Loss

LOSSQuinton JacksonBellator 206 – Mousasi vs. MacDonald
LOSSChael SonnenBellator 180 – Sonnen vs. Silva
WIN                Brian StannUFC on Fuel TV 8 – Silva vs. Stann
LOSSRich FranklinUFC 147 – Silva vs. Franklin 2
WINCung LeUFC 139 – Shogun vs. Henderson
LOSSChris LebenUFC 132 – Cruz vs. Faber 2
WINMichael BispingUFC 110 – Nogueira vs. Velasquez
LOSSRich FranklinUFC 99 – The Comeback
LOSSQuinton JacksonUFC 92 – The Ultimate 2008
WIN                                  Keith JardineUFC 84 – Ill Will
LOSSChuck LiddellUFC 79 – Nemesis
LOSSDan HendersonPride 33 – Second Coming
LOSSMirko FilipovicPride FC – Final Conflict Absolute
WINKazuyuki FujitaPride FC Critical Countdown Absolute
WINRicardo AronaPride FC – Shockwave 2005
LOSSRicardo AronaPride FC – Final Conflict 2005
WINKazuhiro NakamuraPride FC – Critical Countdown 2005
WIN    Hidehiko YoshidaPride  FC – Total Elimination 2005
LOSSMark HuntPride FC – Shockwave 2004
WINQuinton JacksonPride 28 – High Octane
WINYuki KondoPride FC – Final Conflict 2004
WINIkuhisa MinowaPride – Bushido 2
WINQuinton JacksonPride FC – Final Conflict 2003
WINHidehiko YoshidaPride FC – Final Conflict 2003
WINKazushi SakurabaPride FC – Total Elimination 2003
WINHiromitsu KaneharaPride 23 – Championship Chaos 2
WINTatsuya IwasakiPride FC – Shockwave
DRAW         Mirko FilipovicPride 20 – Armed and Ready
WINKiyoshi TamuraPride 19 – Bad Blood
WINAlexander OtsukaPride 18 – Cold Fury 2
WINKazushi SakurabaPride 17 – Championship Chaos
WINShungo OyamaPride 14 – Clash of the Titans
WINKazushi SakurabaPride 13 – Collision Course
WINDan HendersonPride 12 – Cold Fury
No ContestGilbert YvelPride 11 – Battle of the Rising Sun
WINGuy MezgerPride 10 – Return of the Warriors
WINTodd MedinaMeca 2 – Meca World Vale Tudo 2
LOSSTito OrtizUFC 25 – Ultimate Japan 3
WINBob SchrijberPride FC – Pride Grand Prix 2000: Opening Round
WINDaijiro MatsuiPride FC – Pride 8
WINCarl OgnibenePride FC – Pride 7
WINTony PetarraUFC 20 – Battle for the Gold
WINEugene JacksonIVC 10 – World Class Champions
WINAdrian SerranoIVC 9 – The Revenge
LOSSVitor BelfortUFC 17.5 – Ultimate Brazil
WINMike Van ArsdaleIVC 6 – The Challenge
LOSSArtur MarianoIVC 2 – A Question of Pride
WINEgidio Amaro da CostaIVC 2 – A Question of Pride
WINSean BormetIVC 2 – A Question of Pride
WINMarcelo BarbosaBVF 10 – Brazilian Vale Tudo Fighting 10
WINDilson FilhoBVF 6 – Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 1

Awards and Achievements

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • 5x Fight of the Night
  • 2x Knockout of the Night

Pride Fighting Championships

  • First Fighter in Pride Fighting Championships history to win both Pride Championship and Pride Grand Prix
  • 22 wins in PRIDE FC history
  • 2006 Pride Openweight World Grand Prix Semi-finalist
  • 2005 Pride Middleweight World Grand Prix Semi-finalist
  • 2003 Pride Middleweight World Grand Prix Championship
  • Pride Middleweight Championship (One time, first)
  • Saku Championship belt winner
  • Longest undefeated streak in PRIDE FC history (20)
  • 15 knockouts in PRIDE FC
  • Tied (Mirko Cro Cop) for most finishes in PRIDE FC history (16)
  • Four titles defenses in PRIDE FC

International Vale Tudo Championship

  • IVC Light heavyweight Championship (One time)

Wanderlei Silva AchievementWrestling Observer Newsletter

  • 2001 Fight of the Year (with Kazushi Sakuraba)
  • 2003 Fight of the Year (with Hidehiko Yoshida on November 9)
  • 2004 Fight of the Year (with Quinton Jackson on October 31)
  • 2001 Most Outstanding Fighter
  • 2004 Most Outstanding Fighter


  • 2013 Best Fight of the Half-Year vs. Brian Stann
  • 2004 Light heavyweight of the Year


  • Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Fighter of the Year

World MMA Awards

  • 2018 Lifetime Achievement

Brett S. Hernandez is a former boxer and MMA fighter who has been working with us since 2021. He usually keeps us updated with all the MMA fighting events and match records. His boxing career and analytic skills made him the best fit for this position. In his early life, Brett also worked with several fighting clubs and organizations. He was also a newspaper sports journalist from 2018–2020 and covered all domestic and international MMA events. So Hernandez has a detailed record of many MMA fighters, including their strong and weak points.


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