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Igor Silva - Top BJJ Heavyweight Champion

Igor Silva - Top BJJ Heavyweight Champion

1. Igor Silva’s Details

Igor Silva’s Details
Full Name Igor Silva
Nickname Igorila
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of Birth 19th April 1984
Nationality Brazilian
College/University N/A
Last Fight 2021
Last Weight N/A
Weight Division Peso Super-Pesado
Weight 100kg/224lbs
Height 6ft 1inch
Career disclosed earnings N/A
Fighting out of N/A
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank 4th Degree Black Belt
Awarded by Muzio de Angelis
Head Coach  Zé Mario “Esfiha”
Favorite Position/Technique Closed Guard
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Roberto Traven > Muzio de Angelis > Igor Silva
Team Association/Affiliation Brasa/GFTeam
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2. Igor Silva’s Biography

Igor Silva is regarded as the toughest competitor in close guard. This guard helped Silva win important tournaments, like the World Championship and the Brazilian Nationals.

He has competed in both the heavyweight and absolute divisions. He is also a black belt under Muzio de Angelis and got his training under Julio Cesar Pereira.

2.1. Igor Silva’s Early Life

Igor is among the best heavyweight BJJ competitors. He was born on 19th April 1984. He started his BJJ training as a young teenager to gain some muscle size. But he was too young to lift heavy weights so he started practicing BJJ to get some weight.

2.2. Igor’s Nickname

Igor’s nickname was Igorila, which comes from Igor and Gorila. He named this because of his tremendous strength and weight division in BJJ.

2.3. Igor Silva’s BJJ Training and Coach Name

Igor used to go to a gym and get his yellow belt there under Roberto Traven and Muzio de Angelis.

His first BJJ class was in the same gym under Ze Mario’s supervision. Under Ze Mario’s guidance, he gained lots of knowledge and improved his BJJ techniques.

2.4. Igor Silva’s Purple Belt

Silva, after getting his yellow belt under Roberto Traven, continued his training at the same academy. Traven, as soon as Silva got his yellow belt, went to the US and made Muzio de Angles the head of the academy.

Angles then took charge of Silva, promoted him up to the purple belt, and later asked him to teach along with him in the same academy.

2.5. Igor Silva’s Black Belt

Under the training of Muzio de Angles, Silva gained two very important titles in his BJJ career. He earned the title of IBJJF brown belt World Champion and was awarded a black belt on the same day under his instructor Muzio.

2.6. The Brazilian National Cup

In 2009, Silva competed in the Brazilian Nationals when he broke his knee, but having high spirits and continued his fight won the competition, and made a memorable appearance.

Though Silva won the fight his knee was injured quite badly and it took almost a year to recover him.

2.7. Grapple Fight Team

In 2010, Silva found the need to improve his skills and wanted to gain more understanding of BJJ.

He then went to the Grappling Fight Team which was one of the best competitive BJJ teams, and many friends of Silva were already there which made it more easier for Sillva to join.

But he didn’t quit completely from Brasa and still teaches there.

2.8. Igor Silva’s Charity Work

Silva liked to help people and started an organization by the name of Projecto Marc Romano.

The reason behind the name of this organization was Silva’s late friend who was very close to him. The organization aids in reintegrating unhelpful youth into the community.

2.9. Igor Silva’s Best Fight

Igor Silva is one of the most famous names in the BJJ world and it is very hard to pin his any one achievement throughout his BJJ fighting career.

2.10. Igor Silva as an Instructor

Igor was a very willing and understanding tutor. He was eager to teach his students and had a keen attention to detail. He has a good attitude toward teaching and his students and is an effective and modest teacher. As a teacher, he is gentle toward his students.

3. Igor Silva’s Historic Fights

3.1. Igor Silva VS Erberth Santos

The SP BJJ Pro held in 2017 between Igor Silva and Erberth Santos was a great tournament both the players played very well and gave their best but Erberth defeated Igor by using the anklelock technique and won the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2017 SP BJJ Pro Erberth Santos L Anklelock F 100kgs N/A

The match started and Bryce tried to get Igor using a leglock but Igor dodged and got Bryce by his legs and then used a wristlock to win the match under 100kg weight in the final round of the Asian Open.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2023 Asian Open Bryce Sexton W Wristlock F 100kgs N/A

The 2017 Ultraheavy NoGi match between Igor and Hassine was great, both the players played very well but Igor won the match by using a Flying armbar and the bonus points were for his weight.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2017 Munich N.G. Open Hassine Azarkan W Flying armbar F Ultraheavy N/A

4. Igor Silva’s Main Achievements

4.1. Igor Silva’s National And International Achievements

Year Event Medal Weight Division
2006 Team National Silver Silver Medal Icon 88kgs
2008 Capital Challenge Silver Silver Medal Icon 99kgs
2009 Brasileiro NoGi Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra heavy
2010 Brasileiro Silver Silver Medal Icon 100kgs
2011 World Pro Trials Silver Silver Medal Icon 92kgs
2011 Team Nationals Gold Gold Medal Icon 88kgs
2012 Rio Open Silver Silver Medal Icon Absolute
2012 European NoGi Silver Silver Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2014 European Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 100kgs
2014 World Pro. Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 100kgs
2014 Moscow Open Gold Gold Medal Icon Absolute
2014 Moscow Open Silver Silver Medal Icon 100kgs
2015 European Silver Silver Medal Icon Absolute
2015 European Silver Silver Medal Icon 100kgs
2015 World Pro Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 95kgs
2015 World Champ. Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 100kgs
2016 World Champ. Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 100kgs
2016 Grand Slam LA Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2016 G. Slam NG LA Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2016 Grand Slam RJ Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2016 G.S. Rio NoGi Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2016 Paris Open Silver Silver Medal Icon 100kgs
2016 Paris Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Absolute
2016 Al Ain Pro Silver Silver Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2017 European Open Silver Silver Medal Icon 100kgs
2017 Munich Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 100kgs
2017 Munich Open Silver Silver Medal Icon Absolute
2017 Munich N.G. Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 97kgs
2017 Rio Winter Open Silver Silver Medal Icon 100kgs
2017 Rio Winter Open Silver Silver Medal Icon Absolute
2017 SP BJJ Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon 100kgs
2017 SP BJJ Pro Silver Silver Medal Icon `100kgs
2017 Asian Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 100kgs
2017 Asian Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Absolute
2017 Grand Slam LA Silver Silver Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2017 Al Ain Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2017 Grand Slam RJ Silver Silver Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2017 Dubai Nat. Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon 95kgs
2018 Grand Slam AD Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2018 BR National Pro Silver Silver Medal Icon Absolute
2018 BR National Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2018 BR National Pro Silver Silver Medal Icon Absolute
2018 British Nat. Pro Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2018 Thailand Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2018 Spain Nat. Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2018 Netherlands Pro Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2018 Swiss National Pro Silver Silver Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2018 Swiss Nat. Pro Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Absolute
2018 World Pro Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2019 Dublin Open Silver Silver Medal Icon Absolute
2021 ACB Worlds Gold Gold Medal Icon 95kgs
2022 Grand Slam LDN Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Ultra Heavy
2022 Dublin Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 100kgs
2023 Asian Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 100kgs
2023 Pan Pacific Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Absolute
2023 Geneva Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 100kgs

4.2. Igor Silva’s Main Achievements (Black Belt)

Year Event Position Belt
2016 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Rio de Janeiro Champion N/A Black
2016 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Los Angeles Champion N/A Black
2011 IBJJF European Champion N/A Black
2015 IBJJF European Champion N/A Black
2009 CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi Champion N/A Black
2016 CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi Champion N/A Black
2010 IBJJF Rio International Open Champion N/A Black
2011 IBJJF Rio International Open Champion N/A Black
2017 IBJJF Asian Open Champion N/A Black
2010 IBJJF Asian Open Champion N/A Black
2012  IBJJF London Open Champion N/A Black
2010 CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner Up Black
2016 IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place Black
2014 UAEJJF World Pro Championship 3rd Place Black

4.3. Igor Silva’s Main Achievements (Colored Belts)

Year Event Position Belt
2006 IBJJF World Champion N/A Brown
2006 CBJJ Brazilian National Champion N/A Brown

5. Igor Silva BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

Matches 86 Wins 42 Losses
By Points 26 15
By Advantages 06 04
By Submission 43 21
By Decision 11 02
By Penalty 00
BY DQ 00

5.1. Methods of Submission W/L

Method 43 Wins 21 Losses
CHOKE FROM BACK 04 04
ARM BAR 17 04
SUBMISSION 06 00
WRISTLOCK 03 00
FOOTLOCK 00 03
TRIANGLE 03 00
EZEKIEL 02 00
RNC 01 00
ARM IN EZEKIEL 01 00
CHOKE 03 02
FLYING ARMBAR 02 00
MOUNTED X CHOKE 01 01
KNEEBAR 00 02
KIMURA 00 01
TOE HOLD 00 01
ANKLE LOCK 00 01
GUILLOTINE 00 01
CROSS CHOKE 00 01

5.2. Igor Silva’s MMA Fight Record

Opponent Event W/L Method Year
Marcão Santana WOCS 29 L Punch 2013

6. Igor Silva’s Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Braga Neto L Choke Team Nationals 88kgs F 2006
Antonio Batista W Points Capital Challenge 99kgs 4F 2008
F. Santoro W Points Capital Challenge 99kgs SF 2008
Lucio Rodrigues L Injury Capital Challenge 99kgs F 2008
Eder Lima W RNC Brasileiro NoGi 100kgs F 2009
Rodrigo Cavaca L Footlock Brasileiro 100kgs F 2010
Arimar Neves W Pts: 12x0 World Pro Trials 92kgs SF 2011
Bernardo Faria L Pts: 7x2 World Pro Trials 92kgs F 2011
Alberto Marmol W Choke from back Team Nationals 88kg F 2011
Rafael Lovato L Kimura European Open Absolute 4F 2012
Mike Wilson W Pts: 10x0 World Champ. Absolute R2 2012
Leo Nogueira L Armbar World Champ. Absolute R2 2012
Raymond Warren W Choke World Champ. 100kgs R1 2012
Christopher Haraszti W Points World Champ. 100kgs R2 2012
Marcus Almeida L Kneebar World Champ. 100kgs 4F 2012
Romulo Barral L Mounted X choke Rio Open Absolute F 2012
Thiago Borges L Referee Decision European NoGi 100kgs F 2012
Marcus Almeida L Armbar World Champ. 100kgs 4F 2013
Felipe Pena L Choke from back Rio Open Absolute 4F 2013
Lucio Rodrigues L Choke from back European 100kgs SF 2014
Yuri Simoes L Armbar European Absolute 4F 2014
Abraham Marte L Points World Pro. Absolute R1 2014
Luiz Panza L Armbar World Pro. 100kgs SF 2014
Lucio Rodrigues W Points World Pro. 100kgs 3RD 2014
Bernardo Faria L Choke from back World Champ. 100kgs 4F 2014
Robson Maia W Armbar Moscow Open Absolute F 2014
Marlon Queiroz W Armbar Moscow Open 100kgs SF 2014
Alessandra Vieira W Mounted X Choke European Absolute R2 2015
Maksymilian Wisniewski W Choke European Absolute R3 2015
Jurandir Conceicao W Armbar European Absolute 4F 2015
Lucio Rodrigues W Choke from back European Absolute SF 2015
Andre Galvao L Injury European Absolute F 2015
Alan Ferreira W Arm in Ezekiel European 100kgs 4F 2015
Gabriel Lucas W Pts: 11x2 European 100kgs SF 2015
Antonio Junior W Armbar World Pro 95kgs R1 2015
Thiago Gaia W Referee Decision World Pro 95kgs 4F 2015
Alexander Trans L Toe hold World Pro 95kgs SF 2015
Roberto Alencar W Choke World Champ. 100kgs 4F 2015
Bernardo Faria L Kneebar World Champ. 100kgs SF 2015
Michael Douglas W Referee Decision World Pro Absolute R1 2016
Karol Migo W Referee Decision World Pro Absolute R 2016
Keenan Cornelius L Pts: 4x2 World Pro Absolute R2 2016
Christopher Bowe W Wristlock World Pro 94kgs R1 2016
Victor Honorio L N/A World Pro 94kgs 4F 2016
Pedro AraLujo W Pts: 2x2, Adv World Champ. 100kgs R1 2016
Rodrigo Cavaca W Pts: 4x0 World Champ. 100kgs 4F 2016
Alexandre Ceconi L Pts: 2x2, Adv World Champ. 100kgs SF 2016
Carlos Farias W Pts: 2x0 World Champ. Absolute R2 2016
Romulo Barral L Cross choke World Champ. Absolute 8F 2016
Daniel Pollacia W Pts: 6x0 G. Slam NG LA Ultra Heavy 4F 2016
Jose Junior L Adv G. Slam NG LA Ultra Heavy SF 2016
Mahamed Aly L Pts: 2x0 G. Slam NG LA Ultra Heavy 3RD 2016
Ricardo Evangelista W Referee Decision G. Slam NG LA Ultra Heavy F 2016
Rodrigo Ribeiro W Points Grand Slam RJ Ultra Heavy R1 2016
Jose Junior W Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Ultra Heavy SF 2016
Andre Campos W Adv Grand Slam RJ Ultra Heavy F 2016
Leonardo Chocolate W Armbar G.S. Rio NoGi Ultra Heavy SF 2016
Fernando Brito W Armbar G.S. Rio NoGi Ultra Heavy F 2016
Martin Gobel W Armbar Paris Open 100kgs SF 2016
Nicolas Penzer W Wristlock Paris Open Absolute 4F 2016
Rodolfo Bonfim L Points Paris Open Absolute SF 2016
Jiddu Lemos W Pts: 4x2 Al Ain Pro Ultra Heavy SF 2016
Martin Gobel W Armbar European Open 100kgs 4F 2017
Gustavo Dias W Pts: 0x0, Adv European Open 100kgs SF 2017
Martin Gobel W Triangle Munich Open 100kgs SF 2017
Mieszko Maciejewski W Ezekiel Munich Open 100kgs F 2017
Edson Oliveira W Ezekiel Munich Open Absolute 4F 2017
Marek Zbrog W Armbar Munich Open Absolute SF 2017
Adam Wardzinski L Pts: 2x0 Munich Open Absolute F 2017
Martin Gobel W Armbar Munich N.G. Open 97kgs SF 2017
Hassine Azarkan W Flying armbar Munich N.G. Open 97kgs F 2017
Felipe Pena L Guillotine ACBJJ 5 95kgs 4F 2017
Levi Costa W Points Rio Winter Open 100kgs SF 2017
Eduardo Campos W Submission Rio Winter Open Absolute 4F 2017
Otavio Nalati W Points Rio Winter Open Absolute SF 2017
Dimitrius Souza L Points Rio Winter Open Absolute F 2017
Diogo Almeida W N/A SP BJJ Pro 100kgs F 2017
Vitor Toledo W Armbar SP BJJ Pro 100kgs SF 2017
Erberth Santos L Anklelock SP BJJ Pro 100kgs F 2017
Daee Lee W Submission Asian Open 100kgs F 2017
Unknown W Submission Asian Open Absolute 4F 2017
Lucas Barbosa L Choke from back Asian Open Absolute SF 2017
Felipe Matos W Referee Decision Grand Slam LA Ultra Heavy SF 2017
Otto Silva W Pts: 8x2 Al Ain Pro Ultra Heavy F 2017
Gustavo Dias W Pts: 0x0, Adv Grand Slam RJ Ultra Heavy 4F 2017
Guilherme Cordiviola W Triangle Grand Slam RJ Ultra Heavy SF 2017
Gerard Labinski L Pts: 0x0, Adv Grand Slam RJ Ultra Heavy F 2017
Melksedeck Franco W Armbar Dubai Nat. Pro 95kgs SF 2017
Fellipe Paces W Armbar Dubai Nat. Pro 95kgs F 2017
Pablo Aragao W Triangle Grand Slam AD Ultra Heavy SF 2018
Mauricio Lima W Points Grand Slam AD Ultra Heavy F 2018
Rodrigo Cavaca W Choke from back ACB 10 95kgs SPF 2018
Diego Braz W Referee Decision BR National Pro Absolute SF 2018
Diego Braz W Armbar BR National Pro Ultra Heavy SF 2018
Flavio Silva W Pts: 6x0 BR National Pro Ultra Heavy F 2018
Diego Braz W Referee Decision BR National Pro Absolute SF 2018
Adam Wardzinski L Pts: 5x0 BR National Pro Ultra Heavy SF 2018
Yongam Noh W Armbar Thailand Pro Ultra Heavy F 2018
Antonio Junior W Pts: 6x0 Spain Nat. Pro Ultra Heavy 4F 2018
Sergio Navalon W Armbar Spain Nat. Pro Ultra Heavy SF 2018
Daniel Ladero W Choke from back Spain Nat. Pro Ultra Heavy F 2018
Eldar Rafigaev L Footlock Netherlands Pro Ultra Heavy SF 2018
Mathias Schiemann W Submission Netherlands Pro Ultra Heavy 3RD 2018
Adam Wardzinski L Choke Swiss Nat. Pro Ultra Heavy F 2018
Adam Wardzinski L Pts: 3x0 Swiss Nat. Pro Absolute SF 2018
Nelton Pontes W Pts: 8x0 World Pro Ultra Heavy 4F 2018
Erberth Santos L Footlock World Pro Ultra Heavy SF 2018
Muslim Patsarigov W Referee Decision World Pro Ultra Heavy RPC 2018
Nelton Pontes W Pts: 0x0, Adv World Pro Ultra Heavy RPC 2018
Jackson Sousa W Flying armbar ACBJJ 13 95kgs SPF 2018
Abdurakhman Bilarov W Points ACBJJ 14 95kgs SPF 2018
Rodrigo Ribeiro L Pts: 2x0 WP BR Qualifier Ultra Heavy 4F 2019
Jackson Sousa L Pts: 4x2 King of Mats Ultra Heavy RR 2019
Gerard Labinski L Pts: 2x0 King of Mats Ultra Heavy RR 2019
Joao Rocha L Pts: 0x0, Adv King of Mats Ultra Heavy RR 2019
Pedro Veras W Pts: 2x2, Adv Dublin Open Absolute SF 2019
Italo Moura L Referee Decision Dublin Open Absolute F 2019
Dimi Lapchenkov W Pts: 4x 1 ACB Worlds 95kgs SF 2021
Anton Seleznev W Referee Decision ACB Worlds 95kgs F 2021
Omar Frederick W Pts: 9x0 Grand Slam LDN Ultra Heavy R1 2022
Yatan Bueno W Submission Grand Slam LDN Ultra Heavy 4F 2022
Wallace Costa L Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam LDN Ultra Heavy SF 2022
Omar Frederik W N/A Dublin Open 100kgs SF 2022
Lucasz Michalec W Armbar Dublin Open 100kgs F 2022
Jaks Marinho W Submission Asian Open 100kgs SF 2023
Bryce sexton W Wristlock Asian Open 100kgs F 2023
Maartin Froneman W N/A Pan Pacific Absolute 4F 2023
Facundo Ciancio L N/A Pan Pacific Absolute SF 2023
Danny Capitao W Pts: 3x0 Geneva Open 100kgs SF 2023
Joao Dantoni W Referee Decision Geneva Open 100kgs F 2023

7. Igor Silva’s Top Fights

Erberth Santos X Igor Silva - SÃO PAULO BJJ PRO IBJJF CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 - Final

Igor Silva vs Bryce Sexton / Asian Championship 2023

Igor Silva vs Hassine Azarkan / Munich Open 2017

Photo Credit: @igorsilvabjj

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