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Wanderlei Silva loses bid to join Brazilian congress

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It’s been a rough month for Bellator MMA star Wanderlei Silva.

The outspoken Brazilian, who made a name for himself by smashing opponents in both PRIDE FC and UFC, was unable to convince his fellow countrymen to elect him into office, to the point where the “Axe Murderer” generated less than a quarter of the required votes.

MMA Fighting has the cold, hard numbers:

The Bellator star ran for a seat at the Brazilian congress representing his home state of Parana, but received only 13,753 votes at the elections Sunday. With only 0.24% of total votes for federal deputy, placing 64 among 433 candidates, Silva needed more than 70,000 votes to earn a seat at the congress.


Prior to his political disappointment, Silva (35-14-1, 1 NC) returned to the Bellator cage for a fourth showdown opposite longtime nemesis Quinton Jackson. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, his clock was cleaned late in the second stanza (see it).

The 42 year-old slugger has not won back-to-back fights in over 12 years.