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Monday, 08/27/2012, 02:13 pm

Wanderlei Silva's father killed in car accident | MMA News

By: Chris Taylor

Sad news out of Brazil today, as it has been reported that Holando Pinheiro da Silva (Father of MMA legend Wanderlei Silva) was killed in a car accident yesterday afternoon.

The accident apparently took place in the region of Castro, where Holando owned a ranch. The car Silva was in collided head on with another car, the driver of which also died on impact. A child was also severely injured and taken to hospital.

Wanderlei was informed of his father’s passing by family members who called him in Las Vegas. Wanderlei is expected to arrive in Brazil today for the burial.

Holando was always extremely supportive of his sons mixed martial arts career and has been quoted as saying that Wanderlei was “Bringing pride to all of Brazil.”

Many mixed martials artists and fans have taken to twitter to send their condolences to the former Pride Middleweight Champion.

Wanderlei released the following statement (Originally in Portuguese) via twitter:

“I haven’t the words to thank you all for your support. We end up not knowing what to do, but it’s at times like this that we know who is on our side. Thank you very much,”

I believe I speak for everyone that works at and all of Penn Nation when I say that our thoughts and prayers go out to Wanderlei and his family. If you have a twitter account be sure to send you condolences to Silva at @wandfc.


30 Responses to “Wanderlei Silva's father killed in car accident | MMA News”

  1. Bob'O says:

    Horrible news. Best wishes to Wandy and his family. ~Bob’O

  2. Mike Rivera says:

    hope he can get through this

  3. Thom says:

    Poor choice of a photo By the way …

  4. 757 says:

    Wow that is sad news. I lost my father and it has never been the same. My thoughts and prayers to him and his family. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. stephen riddle says:

    Rip for your dad wandy.

  6. Some Guy says:

    Man, that sucks. R.I.P.

  7. ricky says:

    horibble new rip keep urhead up Wanderlei

  8. Mike b says:

    losing a parent is the hardest thing a person can ever go mom passed away last July from cancer and I just can’t explain the pain.i miss her so much……I know what wanderlei is going thru and I just wish him the best and I am very sorry for his loss.the only thing I can say is wanderlei keep enjoying ur life and be happy cause I’m sure that’s what ur father would want.keep ur head up wanderlei…from one of ur biggest fans.

  9. Me says:

    Rest in peace. My prayers and thoughts go out to Wanderlai and his family. None of you guys have said this but I wish the baby in the accident is okay and that he/she will make a full recovery as soon as possible. Very sad news to hear I hope we can still see one last fight from Wanderlai.


    My prayers & blessings go out to the silva family….R.I.P HOLLANDO

  11. GetRidOFLayNPrayFighters(Forever) says:


  12. CombatRusse says:

    Condolences to Wandy

    If I may have a reflexion, MMA fighters (not only professionals) are right in following their fighting passion despite the risks it implies. Because life can end just in the blinking of an eye

  13. i shouldnt say this! says:

    Oh wandy i have a banana for u my friend

    PS. Chael sonnen

  14. david cabezas says:

    desde lima Perú mis mas sentidas condolencias a wand y en especial a toda su familia fuerza wand!.

  15. Fan says:

    Rip I would never want 2 lose somebody so close… I crying n all for you wandalei… I wish could help you… My brother got shot in front of his kids was so hard for me n them… You going come back stronger trust me

  16. blue says:

    So sorry Wand. Hope you don’t drown in sadness my friend.

  17. Hawaii says:

    Chael sonnen if that’s you pay my way up mr big man n watch me give u action… I’m 20 n 170ibs n I pretty sure I could come out on top… Wat could I lose scrubs now days Dana white should kick ur ass out

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