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Thiago Silva, the former UFC light heavyweight contender who was arrested in early-February and subsequently cut from the UFC, is once again a free man.

A Florida judge dropped all charges levied against Silva stemming from an alleged altercation with Silva's estranged wife, Thaysa Kamiji, and her partner, Pablo Popovitch, outside of Popovitch's mixed martial arts school in Fort Lauderdale, MMAFighting.com confirmed on Thursday following an initial report by TMZ.



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Turns out his ex has apparently left the country and stopped cooperating with the prosecution so they had no choice but drop the charges.

I doubt Dana will change his mind about keeping him out of the UFC, but a few wins in WSOF or another feeder org. might change his mind.

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Wow. Lucky dude.

I think wsof or bellator will pick him up

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Did I hear Thiago Silva vs Tyrone Spong?

YES PLEASE!

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Someone was definitely looking out for this guy thats for sure

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Wow money talks!! I don't see him back in the UFC anytime soon though.

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Nice to see he won't be charged since I'm a big fan but have to agree with Roofer, there is not the best chance we'll be seeing him in the UFC, for a long time anyway. I'm not even so sure Bellator or WSOF would pick him up for at least a year when this isn't so fresh in people's minds.

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Regardless of the specifics of this case it should be a lesson to the UFC in snap reactions before the trial.

What the UFC needs to do is basically suspend fighters pending the outcome of trials. Permanently banning a fighter from the UFC for something that they never get found guilty of just looks embarrassing to the UFC. Silva may have had the cut coming for other reasons as well, but the final straw really should have been something much more tangible. Innocent until proven guilty really is the only way to treat fighters if the UFC wants to have a professional image.

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Posted by OnyxShadow

Regardless of the specifics of this case it should be a lesson to the UFC in snap reactions before the trial.

What the UFC needs to do is basically suspend fighters pending the outcome of trials. Permanently banning a fighter from the UFC for something that they never get found guilty of just looks embarrassing to the UFC. Silva may have had the cut coming for other reasons as well, but the final straw really should have been something much more tangible. Innocent until proven guilty really is the only way to treat fighters if the UFC wants to have a professional image.



Let's be real here...Silva was guilty of what he did and I fully support his banning from the UFC.

The only reason he's not in a cell is because his ex left the country rather than testifying against him.

Should Bellator re-hire War Machine if Christie Mack refuses to testify against him and his charges are dropped?

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Posted by FlashyG


Posted by OnyxShadow

Regardless of the specifics of this case it should be a lesson to the UFC in snap reactions before the trial.

What the UFC needs to do is basically suspend fighters pending the outcome of trials. Permanently banning a fighter from the UFC for something that they never get found guilty of just looks embarrassing to the UFC. Silva may have had the cut coming for other reasons as well, but the final straw really should have been something much more tangible. Innocent until proven guilty really is the only way to treat fighters if the UFC wants to have a professional image.



Let's be real here...Silva was guilty of what he did and I fully support his banning from the UFC.

The only reason he's not in a cell is because his ex left the country rather than testifying against him.

Should Bellator re-hire War Machine if Christie Mack refuses to testify against him and his charges are dropped?



This, just because the witness fled the country, doesn't mean he didn't do it. He was a beast early on, but injuries and cheating caught up with him. Who submits a non human urine test? Thiago.

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Posted by handyman293
Who submits a non human urine test?



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Posted by FlashyG


Posted by OnyxShadow

Regardless of the specifics of this case it should be a lesson to the UFC in snap reactions before the trial.

What the UFC needs to do is basically suspend fighters pending the outcome of trials. Permanently banning a fighter from the UFC for something that they never get found guilty of just looks embarrassing to the UFC. Silva may have had the cut coming for other reasons as well, but the final straw really should have been something much more tangible. Innocent until proven guilty really is the only way to treat fighters if the UFC wants to have a professional image.



Let's be real here...Silva was guilty of what he did and I fully support his banning from the UFC.

The only reason he's not in a cell is because his ex left the country rather than testifying against him.

Should Bellator re-hire War Machine if Christie Mack refuses to testify against him and his charges are dropped?


Second, you both make valid points...no he shouldn't have had a knee jerk reaction and just cut the guy without knowing guilt/innocence , on the flip side yes he should definitely have been cut because he is guilty at least in the public ' s eye. He probably should have been cut earlier due to the drug use but at this point it's whatever...

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The problem is that too many times people have been accused of something, a ton of people just assumed guilt, and then later they were found innocent. The UFC would lose nothing by simply suspending guys accused of serious crimes pending the outcome of their trial. That way they don't give those fighters any business if convicted, but they are still treating them fairly if they aren't.

Furthermore, I don't think its right to ever punish someone that hasn't been convicted. The court of public opinion is an unjust, unforgiving bitch. Any organization that seeks legitimacy should strive to be better than that. If that means you retain a fighter that some people think should have been put behind bars (but wasn't) then that is the right thing to do. If the fighter is THAT bad, you can always just cut him after the next time he steps even the slightest bit out of line. Let's face it. That never takes too long. How long can any hot-headed idiot fighter go without missing weight, failing a drug test, saying something rude on Twitter, or actually being found guilty of something else?

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As one of the very few Americans who actually believes anymore in the principal of innocent until proven guilty, I think his job with the UFC should be on the table.

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Posted by bjj1605

As one of the very few Americans who actually believes anymore in the principal of innocent until proven guilty, I think his job with the UFC should be on the table.



What about War Machine? Should his Job still be on the table too?

I might agree if he was tried and found not guilty based on evidence, but in this instance I think Silva should be thankful he gets to resume a normal life.

You're innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law...not in the eyes of your employer.

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