Thiago Silva Charged and Held Without Bond; UFC Contract Terminated

February 8, 2014

Thiago SilvaUFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva was arrested Thursday evening, then was charged and had his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract terminated Friday morning.

Silva was arrested Thursday night following an incident at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Fla. Silva’s estranged wife, Thaysa, trains at the academy. Silva and his wife are  reportedly separated.

Silva showed up at the school armed with a gun, making threats for Popovitch to come out or he would go inside the school and open fire. Silva left without harming anyone at the site, and the police were called.

He then fled to his Oakland Park home and barricaded himself inside. A SWAT team was called to the scene and Silva eventually surrendered without further incident.

Silva appeared in court Friday morning (what video of the court proceedings here) where he was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault, and resisting arrest without violence.

Judge John Hurley eventually found there was probable cause for charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest without violence. He determined there was no probable cause on the attempted murder charges.

The situation stems from a domestic violence situation between Silva and his estranged wife. According to documents that were read during the court proceeding, Silva assaulted his wife in late January, pushing her to the floor, sticking a gun in her mouth, and threatening to kill her.

The court charged Silva with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest without violence.

Judge Hurley set Silva’s bond at $2,500,100. However, citing Silva, a native of Brazil, as a possible flight risk, the appearance of ongoing domestic violence towards his wife, and the probability that he represents a continued threat to his wife and others in the community, Judge Hurley then ordered Silva held without the ability to post bond.

“You’re a professional fighter. With or without a weapon, you could easily kill your wife,” said Judge Hurley. “The court notes that this was not isolated, this looks like ongoing domestic violence. I think there is a reasonable conclusion that you would confront your wife again and the court is concerned that you would bring great harm to her or kill her.”

UFC officials later issued a statement to terminating Silva’s contract.

“The Ultimate Fighting Championship has terminated Thiago Silva’s contract, effective immediately.”

Silva had been booked to face Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas. As of the time of publication, there had been no word on what the UFC plans to do with St. Preux, although he is currently without an opponent, while Silva enters into an entirely different type of fight.

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