Late last night UFC Light Heavyweight, Thiago Silva, was involved in an armed standoff with police officers and a SWAT team at his home. Police followed Silva to his residence after an alleged disturbance at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy.
Details emerged in the case during Silva’s hearing this morning (courtesy of Sun Sentinel):
Shortly before 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, according to the report, Thiago Silva drove to the Popovitch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center, 777 E. Oakland Park Blvd., where his wife was training with her boyfriend, Pablo Popovitch. The report said Thiago Silva continuously honked his car’s horn.
Thaysa Silva told investigators that her husband appeared extremely intoxicated, was holding a Glock pistol and demanded she bring Popovitch outside or he would “go into the gym and start shooting everyone,” the report said.
After Popovitch went outside, he too was threatened at gunpoint the report said, before he and Thaysa Silva were able to run inside the gym, lock the door and call 911.
Ultimately, Silva returned home where after a short stand-off, he was taken into police custody. The entire fiasco dominated the headlines this morning in the MMA community, and many were waiting for Dana White’s thoughts on the incident. White told TMZ that Silva will never fight in the UFC again, and his contract has been terminated effective immediately.
Silva was set to face Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas, but he will obviously not be fighting at the event now. Silva is currently still in jail as his bond was set at 2.5 million, but he will not be able to post the bond due to the risk that he may harm his wife or Pablo, and he could escape to Brazil.