Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/18/12
Thor Davi Silva's third-grade classmates have fathers who are accountants, policemen and bus drivers. They're in sanitation, in the military and in the public health sector. Thor's the only third-grader in his class whose father is nicknamed "The Axe Murderer". It's got to be a unique childhood, growing up as the son of one of the most celebrated mixed martial arts technicians of all time. But for 8-year-old Thor, the son of UFC legend Wanderlei Silva, it's been a delicate balance between standard American childhood stuff (you know, birthday parties, gymnastics, SpongeBob) and the disciplined principles of a lifelong fighter's regimen. For Silva, just being Dad is a fascinating job in itself. "It's amazing," the 35-year-old says, a week before he travels to Brazil for a rematch with Rich Franklin on June 23 at UFC 147. "I've watched him grow, and now, to see him actually understanding martial arts, it's a tremendous gift. I love him very much." You don't see the warm and cuddly ...
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