Wanderlei Silva was born in Curitiba, Brazil, on July 3, 1976. Silva earned the nickname “The Axe Murderer” for his extremely aggressive style; the majority of his fights have either ended in a knockout or referee stoppage due to his strikes. In the ring, he is known for engaging opponents with punches and utilizing knees in the Muay Thai clinch. He is also known for kicking and stomping downed opponents as well as his looping punches, which are unique amongst the straight punching styles of many MMA’ers. Silva’s nickname in Brazil is “Cachorro Louco”, which translates to “Crazy Dog”, again due to his aggressive fighting style, but also because of the vicious way he stares down opponents just before the beginning of his fights.