Let’s assume getting arrested by Broward Sheriffs was not a part of Thiago Silva’s (pictured) agenda when training camp opened a few weeks ago. According to NBC6 reporter Adam Kuperstein, the UFC light heavyweight was apprehended Thursday night after barricading himself inside his home after threatening people inside Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy.
The incident occurred around 7:45PM in Oakland Park, Florida. Silva allegedly went inside the jiu jitsu school armed and threatened people inside. The 31-year-old then left and locked himself inside his home on Coral Heights Court.
According to the report, nobody was injured at the school.
A SWAT team was called and a perimeter was set up around Silva’s house while deputies attempted to contact him. Authorities were finally able to take Silva into custody after 11PM.
Here are Kuperstein’s live tweets of the incident:
Police standoff in Ft. Lauderdale happening at a home owned by MMA fighter Thiago Silva.
Police have made an arrest at scene of the standoff in Ft Lauderdale. Suspect was armed. Altercation started at Jiu-Jitsu school they say.
Police haven’t named the suspect. @GilmaNBC6 reports that the altercation started at the Pablo Popovitch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school.
Silva is currently slated to fight Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 on March 15.
UFC officials were not available for comment when contacted by 5thRound.com at time of publication. However, they did release a statement acknowledging the incident:
“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.”