Considered one of the most dominant fighters of Pride era, Wanderlei Silva will launch his biography on Oct. 8 in Rio de Janeiro.
Written by journalists Thiago Parijani and Luiz Henrique Gurian, “Sem Coleira” will recount the history of the poor boy from Curitiba, Brazil, who turned into one of the most violent and dominant champions in MMA history.
With a preface written by legendary Royce Gracie, the book will show how “The Axe Murderer” went from an overweight boy who grew up helping helping his father in their family bar and after suffering bullying, totally changed his life through martial arts. Beginning with his formative years with Chute Boxe, the story chronicles many of the highlights of Silva’s career, including the violent Vale Tudo Tournaments, his championship victory over Kazushi Sakuraba in Pride, rivalries with the likes of Ricardo Arona, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, his final chapter in the UFC and his return to Brazil.
The official launch will take place in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 8 in Upper Arena with Jose Aldo, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Murilo Bustamante, Pedro Rizzo and Silva in attendance.
The biography consists of 164 pages over 23 chapters and features more than 50 pictures from photographers Susumu Nagao and Marcelo Alonso, who have followed Silva since his first fights. According to the co-author, Parijani, the book will have an English version release in 2021.
“I´m very happy to have my history available for the fans,” Silva told Sherdog.com. “An ordinary poor fat boy that overcame all adversities of life to become a champion in one of the toughest sports. I have many fans in Japan and USA and of course I hope to have the English version finished soon.”