Thiago Silva is heading back to the Octagon soon, after authorities recently dropped their case against him in Florida, and the light-heavyweight has talked publicly about the alleged incident that saw him temporarily banned from the UFC.
Recently it was announced that Silva was no longer being charged, after it was claimed that the fighter threatened his wife and jiu-jitsu guru Pablo Popovitch with a gun this past spring. Not long after it was announced that Silva was no longer facing jail time, UFC President Dana White relayed that the fighter “deserves to be able to make a living again”, since he emerged from the legal process “untainted.”
Well, in a follow up appearance on “The MMA Hour”, here is some of what Silva had to say about the accusations that were levied against him (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“The truth is they didn’t find no proof,” Silva said. “I never pointed any gun at my ex-wife, I never tried to hurt (her). Everything she said was a lie. So that’s the truth. The state, they couldn’t prove another thing, so that’s the truth.“I’m just glad the truth came out,” Silva added. “[The UFC] trust me, they knew I didn’t do nothing, so they gave me my job back. So I’m very glad for this.”
The 31 year-old also went on to claim that his wife accused Silva as a means to extort money, because he’s seeking a divorce.
All this aside, now it will be interesting to see when and who Silva will fight next. There’s no question that Silva has the abilities to be an elite fighter, as his record indicates, but the fighter has run into disciplinary issues in the past with athletic commissions.
He’s also been plagued by back problems in recent years.
Silva is coming off back-to-back victories over Matt Hamill and Rafael Cavalcante, after his bout with Stanislav Nedkov was declared a no contest in 2012. Silva tested positive for marijuana following the bout and his victory was overturned.
The only man to defeat Silva in his last 5 bouts is current, #1 contender Alexander Gustafsson, who decisioned him in in April, 2012. The only other men to defeat the Blackzilian fighter to date are former champs Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.