Thiago Silva Arrested, Faces Host of Charges


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Thiago Silva is in trouble with the law once again, resulting in a failed wall-and-stall with a SWAT team.

Despite having two counts of attempted murder dropped, he is still facing the hefty combination of two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence.

The police statement issued by Broward County Sheriff’s Office states that a series of events was kicked off on the 30th January 2014 when Thiago Silva is alleged to have been involved in a domestic altercation with his estranged wife, Thaysa Silva, at her Oakland Park home.  During this time Silva is alleged to have lost his cool over his wife’s extra-marital affair with renowned BJJ trainer Pablo Popovitch.

Silva is alleged to have picked up a pistol, pointed it at his wife and told her that he was going to kill her.  He apparently followed this up by continuing his threat and putting the barrel of the pistol inside his wife’s mouth, before fleeing.

Moving onto February 6th 2014, Silva drove his Dodge Charger to the Popovitch BJJ Centre in an intoxicated state and the drama commenced a new.  Honking his horn and bellowing threats, Silva is alleged to have threatened to enter the school and shoot everyone inside if Popovitch did not come outside to face him.  Popovitch is reported to have exited the premises, approached Thiago Silva’s car and upon seeing the firearm and Silva allegedly threatening to kill them both he ran to the centre and locked the doors and proceeded to call 911, whereby Thiago Silva fled the scene.

The story doesn’t end here however as Silva returned to his home to which law enforcement officers followed and demanded he exit the premises and surrender himself.  Silva, who police confirm was extremely intoxicated, presented himself to salute the police with his middle finger before returning inside.  After some time, the police report claims Silva surrendered himself and was tasered in the process.

In the initial hearing, the judge initially set bail at $2.5m before changing his mind and refusing to set bail at all due to the flight risk Silva presents as a Brazilian national.

Zuffa LLC, and therefore the UFC were quick to end Silva’s contract and Dana White told TMZ Sports that Silva will never fight with the UFC again.  Unsurprising, given this follows a 6-month suspension for testing positive to marijuana use and a stint in rehab.


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