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Fighter Scouting Report: Wanderlei Silva

Wanderlei Silva


5'11" 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight)
74" reach, Orthodox
July 3, 1976


35-12-1 (1) (UFC: r-7)

Current Streak

1 straight win


Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Championships Held

IVC Light Heavyweight Champion: 1999 (no title defenses)
Pride Middleweight Champion: 2001-2007 (four successful title defenses)
Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix Champion


– as experienced as they come
– fearsome striker
– extremely aggressive
– a knockout machine – vast majority of wins come via (T)KO
– knockout power in hands, legs, knees
– eighth most knockdowns in UFC history
– unorthodox looping hooks are very dangerous
– can be very dangerous in the clinch
– very physically strong
– has never been submitted in a fight
– above average reach for his height
– finishes fights


– well, well past his prime
– chin has become weak – can be KO'd
– gets into wild brawls that he doesn't have the chin for any more
– not a particularly accurate striker
– poor takedowns & takedown defense
– never looks for submissions
– 4-6 in his last 10 fights


As entertaining as The Axe Murderer was throughout his career, let's be honest – he should have retired about six years ago.

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