Thiago Silva has placed his name in the mainstream news for all the wrong reasons.
Late Thursday night, Silva’s home in Florida was surrounded by SWAT and other law enforcement officials after the UFC fighter threatened a Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym.
After being taken into custody, Silva’s bond was set at $2.5 million early Friday morning. However, due to his “flight risk,” the judge denied letting him post the bond and Silva was sent back into custody.
The judge later removed the bond and ordered Silva be held without, as he felt there was concern the Brazilian would depart back to his native country and never return.
Silva was charged with four counts, including two counts of felony attempted murder. However, during the early morning hearing, the judge threw out the attempted murder charges, saying, “The court does not believe at this time there’s enough set forth in the affidavit to support an attempted murder based on these facts.
“It just seems if he wanted to shoot Mrs. Silva, he would’ve done it. He didn’t do it.”
Silva currently faces charges of two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and obstruction without violence.
Thaysa Silva, Thiago’s wife, trains at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Florida where this ordeal first started.
The UFC’s official first – and only to date – official statement was released late Thursday evening:
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.”
However, UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports early Friday that “This guy will never fight in the UFC again.”
Silva was scheduled to compete next month at UFC 171 from Dallas against Ovince St. Preux.