Brazilian mixed martial artist was a former PRIDE Middleweight Champion and Tournament Winner.
He fought his first professional bout in 1996, after training in Muay Thai and kickboxing.
He became known as the The Axe Murderer and Cachorro Louco.
He had two children, Thor and Rafaela, with his wife Tea Silva.
He defeated Cung Le by TKO on November 19, 2011.