Bond Hearing for Embattled Thiago Silva Set for Next Week

Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterFebruary 25, 2014

This booking photo released by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows Ultimate Fighting Champion Thiago Silva. Silva, a mixed martial arts fighter, was being held in a Florida jail on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, accused of threatening his wife with a gun, authorities said. Broward County jail records show that Silva, 31, was being held without bond following his arrest Thursday on charges that included attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and obstruction without violence. But his attorney, Scott Saul, told The Associated Press that the charges were downgraded during a Friday court appearance to aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. (AP Photo/Broward County Sheriff's Office)
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A bond hearing next week will determine if former UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva can leave the jail cell he has occupied since his Feb. 6 arrest.

Silva's manager, Glenn Robinson, informed of the news on Tuesday. 

On Feb. 6, Silva allegedly showed up at Pablo Popovitch's jiu-jitsu school and threatened to shoot the people inside, including his wife Thaysa, if Popovitch did not come outside for a confrontation. The day before, Silva had violated a restraining order issued for Thaysa; he also sent her a text message telling her he would kill her. 

After the confrontation at the school, Silva fled to his home, where a SWAT team arrived. Silva was eventually arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of resisting an officer without violence. 

Silva was held without bond at the Broward County jail because the judge presiding over his case feared Silva might flee to his native Brazil, where it would be tough to extradite him back to the United States for trial. He was originally scheduled for a bond hearing last Friday, but the case was never heard because the judge transferred it to domestic-violence court. 

Silva's contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship was terminated shortly after the news of his arrest broke, and UFC President Dana White said he would never fight for the UFC again.

He was scheduled to face Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 in Dallas next month. He last competed at a Fight Night card in October, beating Matt Hamill by unanimous decision. Silva weighed in at 208 pounds for the fight, adding to a laundry list of missteps that plagued his career during his time in the UFC.