File this one under “WTF?” because it appears that Thiago Silva if scheduled to fight again this August. The former UFC light heavyweight contender is scheduled to fight August 29 at Fight Time 20 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Like most people, I figured that Silva’s fighting career was over when he was arrested in February for aggravated assault and battery along with some other charges, including resisting arrest and sending threatening texts. This all stemmed from an alleged altercation that Silva had with his estranged wife, Thaysa Kamiji, in which he allegedly place a gun in her mouth and then went to Pablo Popovitch’s gym and threatened to shoot up the place. Popovitch is alleged to be Kamiji”s boyfriend. This all ended with an armed standoff at Thiago Silva’s residence where he was finally tasered and taken into custody.
I use the term allegedly because Silva is still awaiting trial on these charges. During this time Silva has continued training with the Blackzilians in Boca Raton and is coaching as well.
Silva was immediately dropped by the UFC after his arrest and Dana White said that he would never fight in the UFC again. With so many professional athletes getting dropped by their team or suspended by their league for the smallest infractions it is kind of shocking that a fight promotion would give Thiago Silva a chance to fight again.
I understand that he has not yet been convicted of anything yet but this does not look good for the Fight Time promotion. Fight Time is a regional MMA promotion that is owned and operated by American Top Team coach Howard Davis, Jr. Davis is also a former Olympic gold medalist. As of now no opponent for Silva has been announced.
Depending on how his trial goes this could be the last time we see Thiago Silva in action. It should be a pretty big show for Fight Time. I’m sure there will be a lot of people attending out of morbid curiosity. I’m not sure that’s how you want to build your brand, though.