Dana White: Thiago Silva “Will Never Fight In The UFC Again”, UFC Releases Him

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As we have been reporting, Thiago Silva was arrested last night in Florida involving an incident with his wife. After a bond hearing this morning, Silva now is facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of resisting an officer without violence, as well as one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from a prior incident.

The UFC had released a statement early this morning saying they were aware of the situation.

TMZ talked to UFC President Dana White and told them, “This guy will never fight in the UFC again.” The UFC released a statement a short time ago stating they are terminating Silva’s contract.

“The Ultimate Fighting Championship has terminated the contract of Thiago Silva, effective immediately,” the statement read.

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Details Of What Led To The Arrest Of Thiago Silva, Includes Putting A Gun In His Wife’s Mouth

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Thiago Silva was taken into Broward County Jail last night after an incident at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Florida and then arrested at his home. Silva after his bond hearing this morning, which was denied is now charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of resisting an officer without violence, as well as one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from a prior incident.

Silva and his wife of 13 years, Thaysa Silva, separated in late 2012 but had been living together at their Oakland Park residence.

On January 30 of this year, Mrs. Silva called police to their house for a domestic incident that occurred. She was “visibly shaking and sobbing controllably” when police arrived to the scene. Thaysa alleged that Thiago and her got in an argument over accusations of extramarital affairs, when Thiago picked up a revolver, pushed her onto the sofa, pointed the firearm at her and threatened to kill her.

Thaysa alleges to have screamed, after which Thiago covered her mouth with his hand, held her down, and placed the revolver inside her mouth. Thiago then left the residence, fleeing the scene in his vehicle.

Thaysa informed officers that she feared for her life and believed Thiago intended to kill her. Later that day, Thaysa filed for a temporary injunction for protection.

On February 5, 2014, Thaysa again called police following an incident at the shared residence. Thaysa alleges that she arrived to the residence at 8:53 p.m. to find Thiago inside. She confronted Thiago and asked him to leave, citing the temporary injunction for protection. He initially refused, stating that she was the one who needed to leave. Thiago did eventually leave without any incident.

Following his departure, Thiago allegedly sent Thaysa a text message that read, “I am gonna f**k you up and you are going to die. I am going to hire someone to kill you and I am gonna move my girlfriend in.”

On February 6, 2014, at approximately 7:44 p.m., Thiago Silva allegedly parked his Dodge Charger outside the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy where Thaysa Silva, Pablo Popovitch, and approximately 25 adult students were training. Thaysa and Popovitch are currently involved in a romantic relationship, a fact of which Thiago is aware of, and one that “contributed to his actions.”

Thiago Silva allegedly began to honk his horn continuously until Thaysa Silva went outside to speak with him, noticing immediately that he was “extremely intoxicated.” Thiago then brandished a glock pistol, pointed it at Thaysa, and stated, “You have ten seconds to bring Pablo outside and if he does not come out, I will go in the gym and start shooting everyone.”

Popovitch exited the gym and approached the driver’s side of vehicle, as Thiago allegedly pointed the firearm at Thaysa. Following ensuing death threats from Thiago, Popovitch ran back inside the gym, locked the front door and called police. Thiago subsequently drove off.

That was when police and the SWAT team arrived and the standoff enused. Silva when police arrived gave them the middle finger, but eventually they were able to get into Silva’s home. Silva was then taken into custody at approximately 11:12 p.m ET.

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Thiago Silva Kept in Jail Without Bond, Attempted Murder Charges Downgraded

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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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Video: Thiago Silva Being Taken To Jail And States His Wife “Want My Money And My House”

Thiago Silva was taken into custody last night for an altercation involving his wife that started at a ji-jitsu school and then a standoff at Silva’s home. After a four hour standoff that needed the assistance of the SWAT team, Silva was taken into custody.

NBC TV 6 in Florida was awaiting Silva outside the jail when the squad pulled they asked him why he allegedly pulled a gun on his wife. The UFC star had a few words on why he allegedly did this to his wife.

“She want my money,” Silva stated. “She want my house.”

Silva faces multiple charges that including a pair of counts of felony attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and non-violent resisting of an officer/obstructing justice.

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Report: UFC Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva Taken Into Custody By Florida Police (Updated)

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According to Local10.com, UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva has been taken into custody by Florida police after an incident at a Ft. Lauderdale jiu-jitsu school and a standoff at the Silva’s residence.

The incident took place at Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy earlier in the evening, which the Local10 was able to identify by the address.

Allegedly Silva then left the academy and went back to his apartment at Coral Heights Court in Ft. Lauderdale. Silva then barricaded himself inside his apartment before surrendering to Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s authorities, which included a S.W.A.T. team that was called to the apartment.

Silva is scheduled to return to the cage at UFC 171 next month against Ovince St-Preux.

Update (1:15 AM ET): The UFC released a statement to BetweenTheRopes.com a short time regarding the incident.

“This evening, we were made aware of a situation involving Thiago Silva,”, the UFC stated. “We are in the process of gathering the facts and have no further comment at this time.”

We will have updates on this when more information becomes available.

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Report: Ronda Rousey Tapped To Film Two Movies

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It was a busy 2013 for Ronda Rousey as she fought two times and also filmed two movies. 2014 looks like another busy year for the UFC women’s bantamweight champion.

Variety.com is reporting that Rousey has signed with Warner Brothers for lead roles in the “Entourage” movie and “Athena Project”, which is a New York Times bestselling book by author Brad Thor.

Rousey will begin shooting the “Entourage” movie in the middle of March and “Athena Project” still doesn’t have a writer for the movie, so it is not known when the movie will begin to film.

“Athena Project” follows a top secret, all-female Delta Force counterterrorism team code named the Athena Project that is sent in to hunt and kill a master terrorist after a bombing in Rome kills 20 Americans. Trouble ensues once the team realizes there’s more at play than a simple bombing.

Rousey’s next fight takes place at UFC 170 in almost two weeks on February 22 as she defend her title against Sara McMann in the main event of the show. It is not known at this time if Rousey will fight in between movies.

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Dana White Says That Georges St-Pierre Never Complained About Headaches To Him

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Who is telling the truth in the saga between UFC President Dana White and former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre? The former champions trainer Freddie Roach stated on Tuesday that GSP had been suffering from migraine headaches. Roach also advised St-Pierre to take a at least a year off and said a superfight between the Canadian and Anderson Silva could have happened if Silva and St-Pierre had won their respective fights.

White was on Fox Sports Live and responded to the statements of Roach.

“The crazy stuff I keep hearing back from Georges St-Pierre is unbelievable. No, Georges St-Pierre never complained to us about headaches. Georges St-Pierre has never publicly said the real reasons why he stepped away from the UFC for a year. When he sat down with Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I it was a whole different set of issues, personal problems. It had nothing to do with headaches or drug testing or anything else that’s been said.

“Not only did he tell us it was personal issues, he told us what the personal issues were. I have no idea [why he keeps complaining]. I don’t know if he’s just trying to draw a smokescreen to what he’s really dealing with and doesn’t want to publicly talk about [it]? I don’t know.”

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Jessica Eye Releases A Statement Regarding Her “Probated Suspension”

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On Monday we had reported that UFC women’s bantamweight contender Jessica Eye had her fight with Sarah Kaufman had been changed to a no-contest. She was put on a “one year probated suspension” by The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for testing positive for a banned substance.

We hadn’t heard from Eye until she released a statement regarding the matter.

“I was recently alerted to the fact that I was issued a fully probated suspension and fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation,” Eye stated. “While I intend to discuss with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation the overturning of my victory at UFC 166, I have accepted the terms of the probation and intend to compete at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. I pride myself on following the rules and representing my family, teammates, sponsors, and fans in the best light possible. I apologize for any distractions this has caused.”

The UFC made a brief statement as well regarding the matter.

“The UFC received word of the fully probated suspension and fine issued to Jessica Eye by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The UFC intends to honor the probation, which will not force Eye to miss her scheduled bout at UFC 170.”

Eye is scheduled to face Alexis Davis at UFC 170 on Saturday, February 22.

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Anthony Pettis vs Jose Aldo May Not Be Happening After All

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Jose Aldo successfully defended the UFC featherweight title for the eighth time defeating Ricardo Lamas in the co-main event on Saturday night at UFC 169. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White stated that Aldo vs lightweight champion Anthony Pettis for the title would be next and Aldo would have to vacate his title. It seems like though Aldo’s camp has already changed their stance.

In an interview with Ta na Area in Brazil, Aldo’s manager Andre Pederneiras stated that Aldo wants to keep his title and have the fight with Pettis take place at a catchweight of 150 pounds.

“Now we have to decided in which weight division this fight is going to happen, if Pettis is coming down, like he once said he would do (for UFC 163), but didn’t due to an injury, if Aldo will move up, or if it’s going to be (a catchweight) at 150 pounds”, Pederneiras said.

“(A catchweight) would be interesting for both, they would keep the belts and do the fight everybody wants to see. Nobody wants to take the other’s title, we want to see the fight and do a great show for everybody. Aldo would move up a little, Pettis cuts a little, and it’s good for everybody.”

Pettis’ manager Mike Roberts told MMAFighting.com that’s not what he was told and if Aldo doesn’t want to fight for the title, then Pettis will move on.

“It’s not an option that was given to us,” Roberts said. “[The UFC] wants the fight at 155 pounds.”

“The way we understand it is that Aldo doesn’t want give up his featherweight title, so fighting Pettis is not an option at this point.

“We’re interested in Anthony defending his belt against the top guys at 155. If Aldo doesn’t want to fight for the belt, we’ll fight someone else.”

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Anderson Silva And Georges St-Pierre Fight Almost Happened

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One year ago, the biggest possible fight in the history in MMA was a superfight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. Now at this current time, Silva has lost two times and in his most recent fight against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Silva broke his leg in the fight. St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November and announced he was vacating the welterweight title and isn’t sure if he will return. The possible superfight was a lot closer though than people ever realized.

Marcos Villegas was in California at media day for the Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley fight that will take place on April 12. Villegas spoke to Pacquiao head trainer Freddie Roach, who has helped St-Pierre work on his standup in the past. Roach gave some insight into the possible superfight and more.

You can see why St-Pierre took a break especially with the migraine headache issue. Do you think the superfight would have happened if Silva would have beat Weidman?

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UFC, Bellator And Boxing Join Together For Cleveland Clinic for Fighters Brain Health Study (Video)

Who would have ever thought that we would ever see fighters and executives from MMA and boxing in the same room? We got that today as we seen the personalities took part today in the Support Professional Fighters Study at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health that took place in Washington D.C.

The notables that attended were UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, number one contender to the light heavyweight title Glover Teixeira, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, Spike TV president Kevin Kay, world champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John McCain.

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Video: Jon Jones Doesn’t Seem Too Thrilled To See Georges St-Pierre At Super Bowl Party

We have seen a lot of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since he announced he was taking some time away from the sport. The former champion was in New York for Super Bowl weekend and TMZ saw St-Pierre. The cameraman tell St-Pierre that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was right behind him. You can see Jones mouthing staring at St-Pierre and then shaking his head “No” to the cameraman. Jones awkwardly hugged St-Pierre and talked for second. The two then shook hands again and St-Pierre walked off with Jones behind.

The two were teammates at former Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in New Mexico. Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Jessica Eye Receives A “Probate Suspension” Fight At UFC 170 Still A Go

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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation had announced on Saturday that October’s UFC 166 women’s bantamweight bout between Jessica Eye and Sarah Kaufman was overturned from an Eye split decision victory to a no-contest. No one knew why the fight overturned when the announcement was made.

TLDR announced earlier that the reason the fight was overturned was due to Eye testing positive for a “prohibited drug” and was fined $1,875 and placed on a “one year fully probated suspension.” The suspension means that Eye is on probation as long as she complies with the administrative order and can still fight in the interim. Eye next competes in the cage at UFC 170 on Saturday, February 22 against Alexis Davis.

Eye has vehemently denied what the TLDR has said she did.

The UFC has yet to comment on the situation.

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UFC 169 Recap: Renan Barao, Jose Aldo Retain Titles

faber-baraoBrian and Steve recap UFC 169 including Renan Barao retaining the bantamweight championship in a controversial decision against Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo defeating Ricardo Lamas to remain the featherweight champion along with the spectacular fight between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the upcoming fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, a big ruling regarding TRT for the bout, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and more on other possible matchups.

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Jose Aldo And Renan Barao Retain Their Titles At UFC 169

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Last night’s UFC 169 can be deemed as a night of decisions with the main card going just as expected. In the main event, Renan Barao retained his UFC bantamweight championship by defeating Urijah Faber by first round TKO. In the co-feature Jose Aldo defeated Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision to retain the UFC featherweight championship.

The main event to a lot of people seemed to end controversially. In what was a back and forth first round, Barao landed a kick and then an overhand hand that sent Faber stumbling and Barao pouncing on Faber, but Faber was able to get back up to his feet. Faber started swinging wildly and then Barao landed an overhanded right that sent Faber face planting. Barao pounced on Faber landing 14 unanswered shots to the side of the head. The champion was looking at referee Herb Dean. Dean told Faber to do something and Faber gave a thumbs and that wasn’t enough him as he stopped the fight.

Aldo made his eighth straight title defense in defeating Lamas last night. The champion controlled the fight from the get go with thunderous outside leg kicks and punch combinations. Lamas was game though as tried to push the pace, but was unable to do so. The challenger had a bright moment in the final round as he had top position on Aldo and landed some good ground and pound, but was unable to finish the fight.

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UFC 169 Video: Ricardo Lamas Says He Plans on Bringing “Heart And Balls” Against Jose Aldo

We talk to Ricardo Lamas as he will be in the co-main event against Jose Aldo at UFC 169 on Saturday night for Aldo’s UFC Featherweight Championship. Lamas discusses the journey to get the title shot, losing faith to get the shot, whether he was disappointed to not get the title shot in Chicago and more.

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UFC 169 Preview, Chael Sonnen / Wanderlei Silva Dust Up and Julianna Pena Injury

UFC169posterBrian and Steve preview UFC 169 headlined by Renan Barao against Urijah Faber for the bantamweight championship along with the rest of the card for Saturday’s show.  Plus, they talk about the recent argument between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva in Brazil while filming The Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena’s major injury and news and notes about upcoming shows.

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Ultimate Fighter 18 Winner Julianna Pena Suffers Horrific Knee Injury, Could Be Out For Two Years

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Julianna Pena was the most recent winner of The Ultimate Fighter winning the 18th season defeating Jessica Rakoczy in the finale. Pena was scheduled to have her first fight since winning the show against Jessica Andrade at UFC 171. The fight will no longer be taking place as Pena tore her ACL, MCL, LCL, Meniscus and hamstring while in a training session at Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, Washington.

UFC President Dana White stated on Twitter that Pena could be out for up to two years.

An opponent has been found to fight Andrade as fellow TUF 18 alum Raquel Pennington stepped up and took the fight.

UFC 171 takes place on Saturday, March 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event for the show features Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight championship.

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