UFC Veteran Thiago Silva Being Held Without Bail on 4 Charges in Florida
By: Mike Whitman Feb 7, 2014
Silva is currently being held without bail in Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
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
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.”