Thiago Silva (pictured) is notorious for making the throat-slashing gesture every time he wins a fight. On Friday, UFC president Dana White said Silva’s throat-slashing days inside the Octagon are over.
“This guy will never fight in the UFC again,” White said of Silva to TMZsports.com.
The UFC subsequently issued a statement confirming Silva’s unemployment status, “The Ultimate Fighting Championship has terminated the contract of Thiago Silva, effective immediately.”
Silva was arrested Thursday in Florida after allegedly pulling a gun on his wife, Thaysa Kamiji Silva, at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy.
Silva then fled to his nearby home and barricaded himself inside while police and SWAT set up a perimeter around his house. After a standoff with officers that lasted a few hours, Silva eventually surrendered without incident.
While handcuffed in the back of the police car, Silva told a reporter that he did not pull a gun on his wife. However, he revealed his wife was going after his money and house.
Silva was arraigned this morning. The judge threw out the attempted murder charge because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Silva intended to kill his wife.
“It just seems if he wanted to shoot Mrs. Silva, he would’ve done it. He didn’t do it,” the judge stated.
Silva was hit with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of resisting an officer without violence, as well as one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from a prior incident. The 31-year-old is being held in custody without bond because the judge believes the Brazilian’s a flight risk.
Silva was slated to fight Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 on March 15. According to his attorney, Silva is broke and desperately needs that paycheck.
Silva owns a 16-3 (2 NC) professional record. He went 7-3 (2 NC) since joining the UFC in May 2007.