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Remember when Thiago Silva was kicked out of the UFC for breaking MMA’s psychotic rampage record (previously held by Quinton Jackson)? You know, the rampage that involved putting a gun into his wife’s mouth, threatening her, threatening to shoot up everyone in a BJJ gym, and more?
Save for some kickboxing classes, Silva hasn’t surfaced much lately…until now.
Fight Time Promotions, owned by famed boxer Howard Davis Jr., recently signed the beleaguered Brazilian. They made the announcement via Instagram. They also sent out a press release, which Bloody Elbow posted earlier today:
Light Heavyweight MMA superstar Thiago Silva will be back in the cage for Howard Davis Jr.’s Fight Time Promotions on Fri. Aug. 29th from the City of Ft. Lauderdale’s historic War Memorial Auditorium. The 12-time UFC Veteran will fight during Fight Time 20 in front of South Florida fight fans for the first time in his career. Silva, with a professional MMA record of 18-3, will fight for his former Boxing Coach – 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist – Howard Davis Jr., who is also the CEO of Fight Time Promotions.
“Thiago is a phenomenal fighter and a good friend of mine. He works hard in the gym. That being said; it’s an honor and a pleasure to have him fight for the Fight Time Promotions’ family,” said Howard Davis Jr.
That’s right. Silva will make his return to MMA this August. It’s not surprising to see Silva wind up in one of the smaller promotions. What major player would want Silva after facing off with a S.W.A.T. team and all the other heinous, violent actions he was accused of? It’s not as if he’s one of the bigger fighters who can be absolved of all guilt, right?
No opponent has been announced for Silva’s return to the cage. We’d say it’s unlikely Silva would ever see a paycheck from a top promotion again, but MMA is a crazy place.