The string of mixed martial arts (MMA) troubles continued today (Oct. 8, 2013) for Thiago Silva, who was unable to make the Light Heavyweight limit at UFC Fight Night 29 weigh-ins in Barueri, Brazil (watch full video replay here).
Silva weighed in at 208 pounds on his first attempt, which is two pounds over the maximum weight (206 pounds) for a non-title Light Heavyweight bout. He attempted to shed the remaining two pounds following the initial weigh-in, but gave up after roughly 45 minutes.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced via Twitter.com that the Brazilian's bout with Matt Hamill will go on as planned; however, Silva will forfeit 25 percent of his purse and will not be eligible for any post-fight bonuses.
This marks the latest chapter in what has been a rather tumultuous period for Silva. Back in Nov. 2012, Silva was suspended for six months and his win over Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on Fuel TV 6 was overturned after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
Silva was also suspended for one year back in Jan. 2011 after he submitted a falsified urine sample to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) at UFC 125.
Given his checkered past, as well as Zuffa's protocol regarding such matters, Silva is likely fighting for his job against Hamill tomorrow in Brazil.