The mixed martial artist was booked on two charges of attempted felony murder on Thursday, though the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel is now reporting that those charges have been downgraded to aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon following Silva’s first-appearance court hearing.
Silva was also initially charged with an additional count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, as well as resisting an officer without violence to his or her person, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Although the attempted murder charges were reportedly reduced, the Sun-Sentinel also reported that Judge John Hurley ordered Silva be held without bail due to “concern about the nature of the allegations against Silva, his profession as a fighter and his ties to Brazil.”
Silva was arrested Thursday night by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, allegedly after threatening people with a gun at the Pablo Popovitch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center and then barricading himself inside his home, according to the Sun-Sentinel report.
A 21-fight pro, Silva was expected to face Ovince St. Preux next month at UFC 171. The 31-year-old had won his last two fights after posting a record of 1-3 with two no-contests in his previous six outings. The Blackzilians rep last competed on Oct. 9, when he took a unanimous decision from Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 29.
Last night, the UFC released a statement on the matter:
“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.”