Brazilian middleweight considered to be one of the best martial artists of all time. He was the UFC Middleweight from October 2006 to July 2013, a UFC-record 2,457 days, during which he defended his belt 10 times.
He started training in Taekwondo at the age of 12.
He holds black belts in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Taekwondo. He's earned more than a dozen post-fight bonuses in the UFC.
He had five children with wife Dayane Silva.
His title reign ended at the hands of Chris Weidman, who knocked him out at UFC 162.