UFC veteran Assuerio
was shot Tuesday evening outside his gym in Curitiba,
Brazil, according to a report from Brazilian news outlet Parana Online
Silva, 38, was allegedly shot five times by a former associate,
whom Silva reportedly identified as Robson
Freitas. The Brazilian was reportedly taken to a local hospital
and remains in serious condition.
The heavyweight made his MMA debut in 1997 and won eight of his
first 10 fights, joining Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships in
2001. The former Chute Boxe standout then made his Octagon foray in
2006 at UFC Fight Night 3, falling to former champion Tim Sylvia via
unanimous decision. Silva competed twice more in the UFC and
recorded two more losses, submitting to a Brandon Vera
guillotine choke at UFC 60 before dropping a majority decision to
Kongo at UFC 70.
Silva last fought in 2009, when he suffered a 61-second technical
knockout defeat to Geronimo
dos Santos at Jungle Fight 16. The Brazilian earned notable
victories over Igor
Sakara and Valentijn
Overeem and stopped 13 of his 15 career victims by either
knockout or submission during his 12 years as a pro.
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