Thiago Anderson Ramos da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [tʃiˈaɡu ˈsiwvɐ]; born November 12, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who got his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Jorge Patino. Silva currently competes in the light heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Once a member of the renowned Chute Boxe Academy, Silva now trains with established fighting stable American Top Team. Silva holds notable victories over Keith Jardine, Vitor Vianna, and James Irvin.
Prior to signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Silva fought almost solely in his native country of Brazil. During his first 9 professional bouts, he attained a perfect 9–0 record, winning 7 of these bouts by KO or TKO and 1 by submission. Thiago also won the Fury FC 2 Grand Prix in 2006.
Silva made his UFC debut against James Irvin at UFC 71. During the first round, Irvin injured his knee after a takedown from Silva and was unable to continue the fight. Silva was awarded the win by TKO. Silva's next fight was against UFC newcomer Tomasz Drwal at UFC 75. Silva won the fight by TKO due to strikes in the second round.
Following his first two wins, Silva made his televised debut as...