Claudio Silva was born in Rondonopolis,
Brazil in 1982 before moving to Uberlandia in Minas Gerais as a toddler. There, Claudio started his training in BJJ under Elan Santiago during the year of 2001, amongst a group of
other athletes who would later become well known figures such as Lucas Lepir, Gabriel Goulart and Tiago Bravo.
In 2005 Claudio made the move to train with
legendary coach Paulo Rezende, in Poco de Caldas, a coach who has taught some of the biggest stars in jiu jitsu, including Reinaldo Ribeiro and Marcelo Garcia.
Claudio headed to Sao Paulo in 2006,
seeking training with Leonardo Vieira and Robert Drysdale at the (then) Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu headquarters. At the end of 2006 Silva made his first trip to Europe to train at Brasa’s
team affiliate in London.
He remained in London for 18 months
training competing, which opened the door to his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. After this spell in Britain, Claudio returned to Brazil, this time to Rio de Janeiro were he trained under another
legendary coach Ricardo Vieira, by whom he was awarded his brown belt.
After another year in Rio, Claudio returned
to Britain to develop his teaching career, and in the same year won hs first European Open. In May 2010 Claudio Silva’s coach Ricardo Vieira was due to travel to London to award Silva his
black belt. He was stopped due to un-fortuitous weather conditions. Ricardo then commissioned the task to a friend who is also a black belt residing in London, Leo Negao.
For the past 7 years, Claudio has been
focussed on his MMA career, and in 2014 had his debut with UFC. Fighting at Welterweight, he now holds an impressive record of 11-1-0 in his professoinal MMA Career.