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Friday, February 7, 2014

UFC's Thiago Silva Arrested After Standoff With Police, Removed From UFC 171

Thiago Silva, whose UFC past already included a pair of drug-related suspensions, was arrested last night in Oakland Park, Florida.

According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Silva showed up at the Pablo Popovitch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center and began issuing threats. He then went home and refused entry to authorities. A SWAT team was eventually called and were able to arrest Silva without further incident. Charges include aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest without violence.

Numerous reports say this has something to do with a possible affair between Popovitch and Silva's wife (who, I believe, trains at Popovitch's school).

The UFC has released only a brief statement - "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" - but I can confirm Silva has already been pulled from his March 15 fight with Ovince Saint Preux (if not entirely released from his contract). No word on if Saint Preux will still be on the card.