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

Result Opponent Event
LOSS Quinton Jackson Bellator 206 – Mousasi vs. MacDonald
LOSS Chael Sonnen Bellator 180 – Sonnen vs. Silva
WIN                 Brian Stann UFC on Fuel TV 8 – Silva vs. Stann
LOSS Rich Franklin UFC 147 – Silva vs. Franklin 2
WIN Cung Le UFC 139 – Shogun vs. Henderson
LOSS Chris Leben UFC 132 – Cruz vs. Faber 2
WIN Michael Bisping UFC 110 – Nogueira vs. Velasquez
LOSS Rich Franklin UFC 99 – The Comeback
LOSS Quinton Jackson UFC 92 – The Ultimate 2008
WIN                                   Keith Jardine UFC 84 – Ill Will
LOSS Chuck Liddell UFC 79 – Nemesis
LOSS Dan Henderson Pride 33 – Second Coming
LOSS Mirko Filipovic Pride FC – Final Conflict Absolute
WIN Kazuyuki Fujita Pride FC Critical Countdown Absolute
WIN Ricardo Arona Pride FC – Shockwave 2005
LOSS Ricardo Arona Pride FC – Final Conflict 2005
WIN Kazuhiro Nakamura Pride FC – Critical Countdown 2005
WIN     Hidehiko Yoshida Pride  FC – Total Elimination 2005
LOSS Mark Hunt Pride FC – Shockwave 2004
WIN Quinton Jackson Pride 28 – High Octane
WIN Yuki Kondo Pride FC – Final Conflict 2004
WIN Ikuhisa Minowa Pride – Bushido 2
WIN Quinton Jackson Pride FC – Final Conflict 2003
WIN Hidehiko Yoshida Pride FC – Final Conflict 2003
WIN Kazushi Sakuraba Pride FC – Total Elimination 2003
WIN Hiromitsu Kanehara Pride 23 – Championship Chaos 2
WIN Tatsuya Iwasaki Pride FC – Shockwave
DRAW          Mirko Filipovic Pride 20 – Armed and Ready
WIN Kiyoshi Tamura Pride 19 – Bad Blood
WIN Alexander Otsuka Pride 18 – Cold Fury 2
WIN Kazushi Sakuraba Pride 17 – Championship Chaos
WIN Shungo Oyama Pride 14 – Clash of the Titans
WIN Kazushi Sakuraba Pride 13 – Collision Course
WIN Dan Henderson Pride 12 – Cold Fury
No Contest Gilbert Yvel Pride 11 – Battle of the Rising Sun
WIN Guy Mezger Pride 10 – Return of the Warriors
WIN Todd Medina Meca 2 – Meca World Vale Tudo 2
LOSS Tito Ortiz UFC 25 – Ultimate Japan 3
WIN Bob Schrijber Pride FC – Pride Grand Prix 2000: Opening Round
WIN Daijiro Matsui Pride FC – Pride 8
WIN Carl Ognibene Pride FC – Pride 7
WIN Tony Petarra UFC 20 – Battle for the Gold
WIN Eugene Jackson IVC 10 – World Class Champions
WIN Adrian Serrano IVC 9 – The Revenge
LOSS Vitor Belfort UFC 17.5 – Ultimate Brazil
WIN Mike Van Arsdale IVC 6 – The Challenge
LOSS Artur Mariano IVC 2 – A Question of Pride
WIN Egidio Amaro da Costa IVC 2 – A Question of Pride
WIN Sean Bormet IVC 2 – A Question of Pride
WIN Marcelo Barbosa BVF 10 – Brazilian Vale Tudo Fighting 10
WIN Dilson Filho BVF 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


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