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Friday, 02/07/2014, 09:10 pm

Pablo Popovitch issues statement regarding Thiago Silva’s arrest

The now former UFC light heavyweight fighter, Thiago Silva, appeared before Florida State Judge John Hurley today to answer for the charges stemming from his arrest yesterday evening (Feb. 6).

Following today’s court hearing, which was a result of yesterday’s gun wielding at a BJJ school and stand-off with police, one of Thiago’s two alleged victims in the case, Pablo Popovitch, took to social media (Facebook) to make the following statement:

“Concerning the incident that took place at Academy last night. During our evening class, at around 7:45pm. Thiago Silva was outside sitting in his car honking the horn non-stop. Thaysa went outside to talk to Thiago to understand what was happening and saw a gun. After that, I went to see what was happening and also saw that he had a gun. He seemed to be under the influence of some type of drug whether alcohol or drugs. My staff notified the police at that time, and soon after the police arrived. He took off and the police went after him.

Thaysa has been separated and living alone since December of 2012. Thiago has been charged with battery in the past and was seeing other girls and moving on with his own life.

It’s very unfortunate that this had to happen, the last thing I wanted us to see Thiago in this manner. I wish him all the best and hope this will soon be over.”

Thiago Silva is being charged with multiple counts (2) of aggravated assault with a firearm. Additionally, the judge labelled Thiago as a potential risk to the health and safety of the community, namely his wife and Pablo Popovitch.

The chance of bond was ultimately withheld by the court, and Silva was instructed to surrender his passport due to flight risks.

Following the court hearing, UFC officials announced that Silva’s contract had been terminated effective immediately.

By Chris Taylor






0 Responses to “Pablo Popovitch issues statement regarding Thiago Silva’s arrest”

  1. Xaninho says:

    So he didn’t actually asault anyone?

  2. Guest says:

    it’s an assault even if you grab somebody’s t-shirt so who knows. by the sound of the charge “aggravated assault with an firearm” he probably threatened someone with the gun.

  3. FREE THIAGO says:

    The statement also reveals that he went outside to, “see what was going on” not to “protect Thaysa” as earlier reports indicated. He had a gun, but did he actually point it at them? Nevertheless, he never fired it or physically harmed either of the 2. Dana should have only suspended him until he gets his life sorted out. Bring back Paul Daley already!

    • StaalOntwerp says:

      Yes. Bring back Paul Daley!
      But Dana said he would never fight in the UFC again. And you know Dana. He never breaks a promise or tells a lie.

    • trn450 says:

      So, you think a man who goes out harassing people drunk and with a gun and then rambles nonsensically about how his estranged wife wants his house and his money (sorry buddy, standard law for wife to get some) should just be given a slap on the wrist?

      This type of behavior indicates extremely poor judgement–the type of judgement that is dangerous to the general population, and specifically people whom he has any sort of beef with. Let that guy out, and he is liable to kill someone.

      I have no idea how anybody would want to do anything other than lock this guy up and disassociate.

  4. magoo says:

    NOW isn’t about time for random drug testing in the UFC? Another out of control roid rager unleashed on society…

    • XXxxMacleodxxXX says:

      you obviously have little clue as to what drugs make you do what….

    • trn450 says:

      So, it wasn’t the acute alcohol intoxication, but the (presumed) testosterone?

      Go look into “roid rage”. At least in the context of testosterone, it’s a myth. The original claims were drawn — decades ago — out of a population of prisoners who had “The Superman Gene” (Two Y chromosomes) and therefore high testosterone levels. At the time, they thought they existed in higher prevalence in prison populations, suggesting some link between antisocial behavior and elevated testosterone. Not to mention the fact that there are way too many leaps of faith being taken there in this population of people with polysomy’s, these claims have since been proven false. There have also been a number of subsequent studies where psychologically normal men were given supraphysiologic testosterone levels were not shown to be more aggressive!

      I don’t care what the official TRT/drug/whatever policy is for any sport, but I do care about integrity in addressing a problem. We can’t work off false assumptions if we ever expect a solution. And, in this case you’ve got someone who is clearly off of his rocker and drunk, so lets try focusing on the real problem so we can find a real solution.

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