Dana White Says ‘Untainted’ Thiago Silva Deserves to Earn a Living

September 7, 2014
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Thiago SilvaDespite once saying that Thiago Silva would never fight in the Octagon again, UFC president Dana White on Friday changed his outlook on the situation and welcomed the fighter back. All charges against Silva stemming from a Feb. 7 arrest in Florida were dropped on Thursday, opening the door for his return.

SEE ALSO: Video of Thiago Silva’s Arrest

“When this thing went down, I said he’d never fight in the UFC again. When I watched it unfold on TV and heard of the charges, it didn’t look good for Thiago Silva,” White said. “But he was acquitted of all charges. How do you not let the guy fight again?”

Silva’s team, The Blackzilians, on Friday announced he had re-signed with the UFC.

“We are proud to announce that Thiago Silva is officially back with the #UFC,” wrote The Blackzilians on Instagram. “We are truly thankful to the UFC and hope to see him fighting again by January.”

The signing came just one day after all charges against Silva were dropped. Initially facing two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest without violence, the charges against Silva were dropped on Thursday when the victim, Silva’s estranged wife, became uncooperative with the investigation, according to an initial report from TMZ Sports.

Silva was arrested on Feb. 7 and eventually charged stemming from an incident at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Fla. that followed threats that Silva made against his estranged wife, who trained at the academy and dated Popovitch.

SEE ALSO: Thiago Silva Arrested After Standoff at Florida Home

The UFC terminated Silva’s contract following his arrest, but White on Friday said that Silva deserved to be able to make a living since he had faced the legal process and come out on the other side mostly unscathed.

“He went through the legal process and came out of it untainted,” White said. “He deserves to be able to make a living again. He’s back under contract.”

Silva last fought at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields in October of 2013, when he won a unanimous decision over Matt Hamill. He had been scheduled to fight for a promotion called Fight Time in August, but the bout was scrapped after Silva suffered a knee injury.

Silva is targeting a return to the Octagon by January of 2015.

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  • Drewjitsu

    Can’t wait for thiago’s return .. He’s always exciting and even though he got popped after the Brandon Vera fight that shot was still funny to see him ride Vera like a horse and make him look ridiculous .. Wonder who the UFC will match him up against .. Who was he supposed to fight before he got arrested ???

    • T101

      Ovince St.Preux

  • Disgusted

    Seriously, Dana? The charges were dropped because the victim fled the country, not because Silva didn’t do what he was charged with. It happens all the time in DV cases. The victim is afraid to see the attacker in court, so she doesn’t show up, and the State is unable to file the charges. The attacker still committed the crime, he just couldn’t be tried for it. The exact same thing COULD happen with War Machine, theoretically. The fact that the UFC re-signed this POS tells me that they don’t really care about who they sign.

    • Daniel Martin

      is because you are not brazilian and dont know what brazilian women are capable of. They are professional liars. wake th f up. She lied. thats is why she runed away from court hearing. Anyone can dial police and say anything, police will jump on like dogs. another is court hearing. liars run away from it. you must me teen. BTW Im brazilian and 12years cop!

      • Disgusted

        So you’re saying Brazilian women are different from other human women because they lie? Lying is human nature, not “Brazilian women” nature. I, too, am in law enforcement (in Florida, where the crime occurred, BTW), so don’t BS me with the “I’m a cop, so I know more than you.” I didn’t announce my credentials, because it isn’t relevant. The law is the law. If the victim doesn’t make the court appearance, the State can’t file charges. I’ve been in those cases, as I was the arresting officer. I showed up to the scene, made the arrest (based on evidence and witness testimony), only to have my case dismissed because the victim couldn’t be compelled to testify, due to fear.
        Silva was non-compliant and aggressive towards law enforcement. If he was innocent and wasn’t being combative, he wouldn’t have been tasered for his actions.

        • james j

          Excellent points. I understand what you are saying clearly. Perfectly said.

          • Jason Priest

            Haha! you up voted your own comment! lolz

    • Jason Priest

      What are you crying about lol?

  • Hansa

    What about Jason High? Doesn’t he need to deserve a living??

    • Jason Priest


  • james j

    The charges were dropped because the victim hauled a$$. He is not innocent. The standard of proof to be employed should not be the standard of proof to convict. Come on Dana at least read the police report. He was not arrested for nothing.

    • Jason Priest

      The police report is basically heresy until guilt is proven in a court of law. If charges are dropped, there’s no case. That’s how the justice system works. Good for Thiago. Put this in the past and move on with your life. Can’t wait to watch him fight again.

      • james j

        Incorrect. You don’t know what you are talking about. No surprise.

        • Jason Priest

          Yeah? Is that why the DA dropped the charges lolz? Moron.

    • jojo

      The “victim” dropped her restraining order on him not long after he got paroled so I doubt she was hauling a$$ to get away from him . Go slander someone else please.

  • Mike mckinney

    I’ve never been one to think that companies should let people go for doing things outside of work. It’s turned out that companies are so scared of backlash that act as if everything a person does is their buissness.
    Im surprised with as much talking Dana does that he doesn’t make more mistake, but having charges dropped is not the same thing as being acquitted.

  • Jason Priest

    Glad Thiago is back. The division is much more exciting with him around. Can’t wait to see him fight again.

  • Joe Dog

    Meanwhile, some where in Afghanistan….

  • TheCerealKiller

    Nobody said he ca’t go and get a job.