Updated 11:48 AM EDT, Mon, Oct 19, 2020

UFC Terminates Thiago Silva's Contract Following Armed Standoff with Police

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) terminated Thiago Silva's contract on Friday after the Brazilian was arrested on Thursday following an armed standoff with police in Florida.

According to TMZ, Silva threatened to break into Pablo Popovitch's school of mixed martial arts in Oakland Park, Fla.

Silva's wife, Thaysa, reportedly confronted her husband, but Silva threatened that he would shoot all the people inside the facility if Popovitch didn't face him outside the gym.

Popovitch reportedly gave in to the request of the former UFC light heavyweight, but Popovitch retracted when he saw that Silva looks determined to shoot him. Popovitch then called 911, which prompted Silva to flee into his home, where he was apprehended by a SWAT team after a standoff.

Sources added that altercation stemmed from a domestic violence incident between Silva and Thaysa late in January. Silva allegedly assaulted his wife and shoved a gun into Thaysa's mouth because the Brazilian mixed martial artist thought that his wife was cheating on him.

Judge John Hurley ruled that there were probable cause for the accusations against Silva, which made the judge decide to file two counts of aggravated assault with firearm, aggravated battery with deadly weapon, and resisting arrest.

"You're a professional fighter. With or without a weapon, you could easily kill your wife," Judge Hurley told Silva, Yahoo Sports reported. "The court notes that this was not isolated, this looks like ongoing domestic violence. I think there is a reasonable conclusion that you would confront your wife again and the court is concerned that you would bring great harm to her or kill her."

Hurley set a bond of $2.5 million, but the judge quickly decided not to allow the troubled former UFC fighter to post bond. According to Hurley, Silva is a huge flight risk due to his connections in his home country Brazil, and remains a serious threat to his wife and the entire community.

Silva was originally scheduled to face Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 in March, but the promotional outfit's decision to terminate his contract means that St. Preux will have to wait for a possible replacement opponent.

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