Thiago Silva back with Blackzilians, wife withdraws restraining order
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Thiago Silva is out of custody and back in the gym.
The former UFC light heavyweight, who was arrested in February on multiple charges stemming from alleged incidents with his estranged wife, was released on $25,000 bond in March and is currently awaiting a trial date on separate charges of aggravated assault and battery, sending threatening texts, and aggravated assault and resisting arrest without violence, according to his attorney Scott Saul.
In the meantime, Silva is back at Jaco Hybrid Training Center, home of the Blackzilians fight team, teaching kickboxing and continuing to train with his teammates. Silva, who was wearing an ankle monitor, was asked for comment on his situation at the gym Friday and he declined to talk about it.
"Not yet," Silva told FOX Sports.
Blackzilians head coach Jorge Santiago said the team is happy to have Silva back in the fold.
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"Having him around is great," Santiago said. "He brings energy. It’s contagious."
On Friday, Silva’s wife, Thaysa Kamiji, had a judge withdraw a restraining order against him, accordingt to Saul. But Saul doesn’t expect a trial date to be set for quite some time as the three separate sets of charges are investigated. He is not looking for a plea bargain.
"I’m looking to beat this stuff," he said.
Silva, 31, was arrested Feb. 6 after an alleged incident with his estranged wife Thaysa Kamiji at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Fort Lauderdale and a standoff with police. He was initially held without bond and issued an immigration hold, which was later was removed. The UFC released Silva just hours after his arrest.
Kamiji told police that Silva, on separate occasions, put a gun inside her mouth, sent her threatening text messages and followed her to the Popovitch gym with a gun, threatening both her and Popovitch. Kamiji and Popovitch are romantically involved. Silva and Kamiji have been separated since December 2012 and Silva is also seeing another woman.
Saul said details that were initially reported, like Silva pointing the gun at Popovitch and an attempted murder charge, were untrue.
"What made this so juicy in the beginning, that’s not what the case is any longer," he said. "Why did that happen? What was written in the police reports is not exactly accurate."
Silva, a native of Brazil, holds a 16-3 pro MMA record with two no contests. He won his last two fights in the UFC and was supposed to compete at UFC 171 on March 15 before his release. UFC president Dana White has said Silva "will never fight in the UFC again."