Rafael Silva (fighter)
Rafael Silva (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁafaˈew ˈsiwvɐ]; born March 20, 1985) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Bantamweight division of ONE Championship. A professional competitor since 2005, Silva has competed in his native Brazil for most of his career, but has also multiple bouts in Pancrase, where he was the Bantamweight King of Pancrase.
Silva locking a guillotine choke on Mika Ilmén in 2005
|Born||March 20, 1985|
Lages, Santa Catarina, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||65 in (165 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Lages, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Team||Renovacao Fight Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Silva made his professional MMA debut in June 2005. After going 2–2 in his first four fights, he maintained an impressive record of 18 wins and only 1 loss from 2009 to 2012. Among his notable wins was a victory over current UFC fighter John Lineker.
A long-time veteran of the national Brazilian MMA scene, Silva fought for a variety of promotions - including World Fighting Combat, Sparta MMA, Octagon MMA, Connect Fight Night, Energy Force, and Nitrix Champion Fight - before making his North American debut.
In June 2012, it was announced that Silva had signed with Bellator MMA, although he did not debut until a year later.
Silva entered as a participant in the 2013 Summer Series Bantamweight tournament. He faced Rodrigo Lima in the semifinals at Bellator 97 and won via submission in the third round. The finals were delayed until the fall of 2013 and he eventually faced Anthony Leone at Bellator 102. He won the fight via dominant unanimous decision to earn a title shot.
Silva stepped in to replace Eduardo Dantas to face Joe Warren at Bellator 118 on May 2, 2014. The fight was scheduled for the Bellator Interim Bantamweight championship. Silva, however, missed weight and the promotion made the interim title available only if Warren were to win. Silva lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Silva returned to the Brazilian circuit and faced Derinaldo Guerra for the vacant Aspera FC Bantamweight title on September 12, 2015, winning the fight by arm-triangle choke in the first round.
After two submission wins in smaller independent organizations, Silva signed with Pancrase.
In his promotional debut Silva faced Shohei Masumizu at Pancrase 276 on March 13, 2016, winning the bout via submission in the first round.
Next he faced Masakatsu Ueda at Pancrase 279 on July 24, 2016. Silva won the bout via unanimous decision.
In his third Pancrase bout Silva faced Victor Henry at Pancrase 282 on November 13, 2016. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Three straight victories in the promotion aligned Silva to challenge the prevailing Bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari at Pancrase 287 on May 28, 2017. He lost the title fight via unanimous decision.
Later that year, Ishiwatari's title was vacated as he left Pancrase to enter Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix, leading Silva to rematch Masakatsu Ueda for the interim Bantamweight Championship. The fight eventually happened at Pancrase 296 on May 20, 2018, Silva becoming the interim Bantamweight King of Pancrase via unanimous decision. He was subsequently promoted to undisputed Bantamweight King of Pancrase.
In the first title defense, Silva faced Kenta Takizawa at Pancrase 303 on March 17, 2019. Silva successfully defended the title, winning the fight via submission in the first round.
As the second title defense, Silva faced Yuto Hokamura at Pancrase 307 on July 21, 2019. Silva defended his title again via second round submission win.
In October 2019, Silva's manager revealed that Silva is no longer under contract with Pancrase, and had signed a one-bout contract with ONE Championship. In his promotional debut, Silva faced Shoko Sato at ONE Championship: Century Part 2 on October 13, 2019. Silva lost the round via technical knockout in the second round.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Bellator MMA
- Aspera Fighting Championship
- AFC Bantamweight Championship (once; current)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||31 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||31–7||Shoko Sato||TKO (punches)||ONE Championship: Century Part 2||October 13, 2019||2||4:30||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||31–6||Yuto Hokamura||Submission (head and arm choke)||Pancrase 307||July 21, 2019||2||1:54||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Pancrase Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||30–6||Kenta Takizawa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase 303||March 17, 2019||1||3:12||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Pancrase Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||29–6||Masakatsu Ueda||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 296||May 20, 2018||5||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won Pancrase Interim Bantamweight Championship|
|Loss||28–6||Shintaro Ishiwatari||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 287||May 28, 2017||5||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||For the Pancrase Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||28–5||Victor Henry||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 282||November 13, 2016||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||27–5||Masakatsu Ueda||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 279||July 24, 2016||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||26–5||Shohei Masumizu||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase 276||March 13, 2016||1||2:58||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||25–5||Ruben Hernandez Parra||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||TBF-The Best Fighter 1||January 9, 2016||1||1:47||Praia, Cape Verde|
|Win||24–5||Jeferson Vieira da Silva||Submission (armbar)||XFC i 13||December 5, 2015||2||1:25||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||23–5||Derinaldo Guerra||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Aspera FC 24||September 12, 2015||1||4:03||Sao Jose, Santa Catarina, Brazil||Won the vacant AFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||22–5||Darrion Caldwell||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 137||May 15, 2015||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||22–4||Rob Emerson||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 127||October 3, 2014||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States|
|Loss||21–4||Joe Warren||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 118||May 2, 2014||5||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For the Bellator Interim Bantamweight championship.|
|Win||21–3||Anthony Leone||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 102||October 4, 2013||3||5:00||Visalia, California, United States||Bellator 2013 Summer Series Bantamweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||20–3||Rodrigo Lima||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 97||July 31, 2013||3||2:03||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Bellator 2013 Summer Series Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||19–3||Fabio Selim||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Sparta MMA||September 29, 2012||3||3:01||Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||18–3||Luciano Aranha||TKO (punches)||Connect Fight Night 2||July 17, 2012||1||1:56||Biguacu, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||17–3||Mauricio da Silva||KO (head kick)||Energy Force||May 19, 2012||1||0:07||Navegantes, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||16–3||Saulo Silva||KO (Superman punch)||Connect Fight Night 1||March 31, 2012||1||1:15||Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||15–3||Diego D'Avila||TKO (punches)||Nitrix Champion Fight 10||February 11, 2012||1||N/A||Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||14–3||Wagner Noronha||Decision (split)||Apocalypse Fighting Championship||October 8, 2011||3||5:00||Passo Fundo, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil|
|Win||13–3||Fernando Giacometti||TKO (elbows)||Octagon MMA||October 1, 2011||1||1:04||Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||12–3||Tiago Silva||KO (punch)||Octagon MMA||October 1, 2011||1||0:52||Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||11–3||Jonatan Feitosa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Centurion Mixed Martial Arts 2||July 9, 2011||3||2:42||Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||10–3||Ozeias Costa||Decision (unanimous)||Full Heroes Battle 4||June 25, 2011||3||5:00||Paranagua, Paraná, Brazil|
|Win||9–3||Rogerio Goncalves Menna||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||World Fighting Combat: Pretorian||June 11, 2011||1||2:46||Pelotas, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil|
|Loss||8–3||Diego D'Avila||Submission (armbar)||Nitrix Champion Fight 6||February 19, 2011||1||4:33||Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||8–2||Erikson Lima||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Centurion Mixed Martial Arts||January 15, 2011||1||1:38||Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||7–2||Fabio Nunes||Submission (kimura)||Colizeu Fight Championship||November 20, 2010||1||1:02||Joaçaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||6–2||Edson da Silva||Submission (triangle choke)||Black Trunk Fight 1||August 14, 2010||1||N/A||Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||5–2||Joilson Costelinha||Submission (armbar)||Nitrix Champion Fight 5||May 15, 2010||1||4:53||Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||4–2||David Bad Boy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Nitrix Show Fight 4||February 6, 2010||1||4:40||Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||3–2||John Lineker||Decision (unanimous)||Warrior's Challenge 4||December 30, 2009||3||5:00||Porto Belo, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||2–2||Wagner Mexicano||TKO (retirement)||Nitrix Show Fight 3||November 14, 2009||2||N/A||Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Loss||1–2||Alessandro Cordeiro||TKO (punches)||Nitrix Show Fight 2||May 16, 2009||2||N/A||Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Loss||1–1||Marcio Furlin||Decision (split)||Floripa Fight 2||April 29, 2006||3||5:00||Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Wallid Wallid||TKO (punches)||X-treme Combat||June 5, 2005||1||2:36||Brazil|
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