As we have been reporting, UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva was arrested last night after an incident at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Florida. After a four hour standoff and barricading his home, Silva relented and was taken into jail by the by the Broward County Sheriff’s department.
Silva made his first appearance in court this morning by video in a bond hearing. His attorney Scott Saul was able to convince Broward Judge John Hurley to have the two attempted murder charges downgraded to aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon by telling him, “He never got out of his car. He never fired a gun,” Saul argued in front of Hurley. “You’ve got two real rock-solid aggravated assault charges. What I think this is, is you’ve got a professional fighter and an (assumption) thinking he can kill, an overreaction based on what the man does for a living.”
After arguments were heard from Saul and the Broward County Prosecution, Hurley decided that Silva would held without bond as he thinks Silva is a “legitimate concern” to his wife Thaysa and those in the community and also the chance that Silva is a flight risk and could flee to his home country of Brazil.
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