They Don’t Call Him “The Axe Murderer” for Nothing: the Best Fights of Wanderlei Silva’s Career
I mean he was MMA’s version of Michael Myers! He would not stop coming! Hit him with everything you have and he would just keep moving forward. Low kick, high kick, elbow, knee, rights, lefts, a two-by-four, anything you hit him with was just fuel for his fire. And no matter how fast you run he’s still right there, and he was walking the whole time. Then you slip and boom he has you right where he wants you (why do all of those idiotic characters always fall in horror movies); sweet dreams.
You do not get a vicious nickname like “The Axe Murderer” for dancing your way to decision victories. This guy gets a thrill out of opponents’ attempts to hurt him. Silva actually translates that as an invite to go berserk. He has a switch that can be flipped way too easily. One minute he is a humble, courteous, gregarious individual and in an instant he becomes “The Axe Murderer.” He once said, “I am so respectful because when people don’t respect me, make me crazy… I know I have that inside me but I know I can’t do nothing wrong,” in his vintage, heavy Portuguese accent.
Yes, Wanderlei is a monster. He is also an MMA legend. All of his fights are memorable and he was never in a boring one because of his tenacity and straight-forward style. His Top 5 fights are also arguably some of the Top 5 fights in MMA history. Here are Wanderlei Silva’s Top 5 fights:
5 Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell
4 Wanderlei Silva vs. Dan Henderson
3 Wanderlei Silva vs. “Rampage” Jackson II
2 Wanderlei Silva vs. “Rampage” Jackson I
1 Wanderlei Silva vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
Wanderlei Silva was never in a dull fight. For that reason, this list was easy to make and for that very reason this list was also very difficult to make. There are at least five more fights that can be on this list. “The Axe Murderer” just loved to mix it up with whoever was willing to step in that ring or cage with him. These are Silva’s Top 5 fights. Wouldn’t you agree?