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Thiago Silva Released From UFC Contract (Again) After Disturbing Videos Surface


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When it rains, it pours. The UFC has reconsidered its position on Thiago Silva, releasing the light-heavyweight from his contract following new videos released by his ex-wife Thaysa. Here’s the official statement from UFC.com:

Thiago Silva was released from his UFC contract on Feb. 7 due to his arrest by police in South Florida. The charges against Silva were dropped by the Broward County District Attorney’s office and Silva was re-signed to the UFC earlier this month. Based on new information received today in the form of video and audio evidence, Silva has been terminated from his UFC contract.

And yes, that’s the entire statement. So once again, we’ll fill in the blanks. Earlier today, Globo.com published a video provided by Thiago Silva’s ex-wife, which shows an agitated Silva carrying a gun and making paranoid accusations about Thaysa “hiding a guy up there.” BloodyElbow has a translation of the exchange, as well as another video that allegedly shows Silva under the influence of cocaine.

In other words: Embarrassing video evidence needed to go public before the UFC decided to do the right thing. Huh. Why does that sound familiar?

Thaysa also explained to Globo why she moved to Brazil and stopped cooperating with the aggravated assault/battery case against her ex-husband:

I’ve lived 13 years beside him. I’ve worked so he could train, I invested in his career even before he could think to be an MMA fighter. I was his foundation and I was assaulted, had an abortion due a beating that he gave me. But I thought that he was going to change. Because of my love, I didn’t report his acts to the authorities. We were unbeatable together, I’ve always thought that he could change, I used to say that it was because of his camps and his upcoming fights. But he never changed.”

He had always had drug issues. I’ve always thought that it was because his childhood problems that he didn’t change. But things got worse since 2012. Cocaine, molly and marijuana started to be common in his life. He even made a bar of our house, he get turned on cocaine until morning and had to drink at 7 a.m. trying to sleep. I just lived a nightmare.”

I’m still afraid. Cause I, since the beginning, told the State that I had everything against him, that they had to organize. The State just said they would use it in court. But over there (US) everything takes a lot of time, unlike us Brazilians, we want to solve everything immediately. I felt used and unprotected, while Thiago’s managers paid a lot of money for his defense and coerced me, so everything got rough for me… where I lived, my car, my dogs … Wow, they made my life a hell.

We’ve come (her and her boyfriend) to Abu Dhabi. I’m working with what I love to do. Once the tragedy happened, I reported everything in the therapy that I was doing in ‘Women in Distress’. Even the detective knew that I wanted to move here, I couldn’t lose the opportunity to start over.”

So…Rumble Johnson and Thiago Silva get kicked out of the UFC for domestic violence, and Wanderei Silva quits out of anger. What a crazy-ass day.

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