UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva is being held Friday without bond in a Broward County, Fla., jail after having been charged with aggravated assault and other charges following a standoff with police Thursday.
An incident began at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Fla., at approximately 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. Silva, who was armed, reportedly threatened several people inside the academy, and then retreated to his home.
Thiago Silva booking photo (Broward County Sheriff's Office)
When he was arrested, Silva was booked on two counts of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer without violence. At a bond hearing where he was denied bail because of a concern he would be a flight risk, the attempted murder charges were dropped.
The judge was going to post bond at $2.5 million, but prosecutors were concerned about a risk of flight and that he would be a danger to his wife if released. The judge then decided to hold Silva without bail.
UFC president Dana White had only a brief comment for Yahoo Sports on Friday.
"I'll tell you what I told TMZ: This guy will never fight again in the UFC," White said Friday. White declined further comment until he had more information.
The UFC released the following statement later: "The Ultimate Fighting Championship has terminated the contract of Thiago Silva effective immediately."
Glenn Robinson, Silva's manager, did not return messages to Yahoo Sports.
According to NBC News 6 in Miami, Silva made an obscene gesture to reporters as he was brought into the jail early Friday.
The Sun-Sentinel newspaper quoted a witness, 22-year-old Suzi Forum, who said the incident began at about 8 p.m. ET.
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