UFC Fighter Thiago Silva Arrested After Standoff at Florida Home

February 6, 2014
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Thiago Silva at UFC 108UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva was arrested late Thursday night after a standoff with local sheriffs at his Oakland Park home in Florida.

Various local news outlets in Florida reported that an armed man entered the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy at about 7:45 p.m. ET making unspecified threats and then left. MMAWeekly.com sources speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the armed man was Silva.

There were no injuries reported stemming from the incident at the academy.

After leaving the academy, the suspect then barricaded himself in his home, which CBS Miami identified as Silva’s residence.

A SWAT team was called to the scene and the suspect was taken into custody at approximately 11:15 p.m. ET, according to NBC 6 South Florida.

UFC officials verified to MMAWeekly.com that they were aware of a situation involving Silva and released the following statement:

“This evening, we were made aware of a situation involving Thiago Silva.  We are in the process of gathering the facts and have no further comment at this time.”

Multiple sources told MMAWeekly.com that the incident stems from an earlier domestic dispute between Silva and his wife, although Broward Sheriff’s Office officials had yet to verify Silva’s arrest or any details pertaining to it.

Thiago Silva has a fight booked against Ovince St. Preux for UFC 171, which is scheduled for March 15 in Dallas.

(Erik Fontanez and Jeff Cain contributed to this report.)

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  • Mike mckinney

    Shocking, he always came off as such a sweet guy…

  • Chicago

    I remember from the count down show his wife had a grade A booty.

  • Andrew Brown

    V THIS

  • Scoobs

    Professional MMA fighter in the UFC, and he lives in Oakland Park? That area is nasty, full of blacks.

    • Chicago

      Is it nasty due to the blacks or the fact that it is impoverished?

      • BarrysHypocrisy

        I’m sure they are both connected.

        • Chicago

          Vast generalizations are always 100% wrong. their are 2 neighborhoods here in Chicago were the black population is over 50% and they are middle class neighborhoods.

          • BarrysHypocrisy

            I didn’t make a “vast generalization”. I was referring to the city in the article, Oakland Florida.

          • Chicago

            So just so I’m clear, your saying that in the city of Oakland. the reason that it is nasty and impoverished is due to it has a high % of black people? not trying to be an a hole. trying to figure out what your saying.

          • BarrysHypocrisy

            I’m saying it goes both ways: if an area is primarily black and is nasty, then it’s probably because of the people who are living there (black people).

            Conversely, if an area is primarily black and is nice, then it’s probably because of the people who are living there (black people).

            If an area was nasty and was primarily white, who would you blame it on?

          • Chicago

            Ah got you. Agreed.

    • Pat Garret

      Yeah, your racist ass needs ,to stay in suburbia. To talk crap ,and hide behind your computer, lol

      • BarrysHypocrisy

        Why is he being racist for just stating the facts? The area IS nasty and IS full of blacks. Sometimes the truth hurts.

        • Pat Garret

          The fact is ,he is scared $hitless to make that comment to a bunch of black guys! My point, was that he would not dare open his mouth in real life. Your boyfriend is a scared little biiitch ,that’s the facts!

          • BarrysHypocrisy

            The facts is, you should go back to jacking off to your nude pictures of Roy Nelson and stop trying to act tough (and failing).

          • Pat Garret

            Every body, is a tough guy online.

          • BarrysHypocrisy

            You just gave the PERFECT example of yourself.

          • Pat Garret


        • MuayThaiFood

          You really don’t see any racist tones in that comment? It’s clearly racist when put in that context, whether it’s true or not when broken down and in a different context is irrelevant. If that wasn’t his intention then maybe he’d like to come back and explain himself but I’m guessing it was unless he’s just really slow..

  • Guest

    I dont know why, but he always looked like a psycho to me.

    I wonder what was he trying to do there? There’s probably a good chance we wont see Thiago in the octagon again, with him facing a multiple charges.

  • MuayThaiFood

    Don’t be too quick to judge. Someone banging your wife will make a sane person lose it. From what he told reporters at the time he was being taken into the police station his wife may have been leaving and threatening to clean him out too. Anyone going though something like that will have some scary thoughts going through their heads. Thankfully, luck intervened and nobody was hurt. He may be not be wrapped as tight as some but I guarantee he’ll regret his actions soon enough. If he thought he had problems with his wife leaving and taking his house and his money he’ll really love it when the attorneys take everything she doesn’t get.

  • KranX

    lol i love this man