Wanderlei Cesar da Silva was born on July 3, 1976 in Curitiba, Brazil. He is a Brazilian fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA), who competes in the Japanese PRIDE Fighting Championships and US competition MMA Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). His strengths are muay thai and he has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was a champion of IVC lightweight, former champion of PRIDE’s middleweight champion in PRIDE 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix.
Silva won the nickname “The Axe Murderer” for his aggressive style of play. Most of his matches end with a knockout or with a referee stop. On the ring he dominates over his opponents with quick punches and knees when in the clinch.