Mind games: Pablo Popovitch claims his ex-wife provoked 'crazy' Thiago Silva to get revenge

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Embattled former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight, Thiago Silva, allegedly had someone instigating the volatile situation between him and his estranged wife:

Fabianna Popovitch.

Fabianna is the ex-wife of Pablo Popovitch, the target of Silva's rage back on Feb. 6, 2014, when he showed up at his gym in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., armed with a firearm and "on some type of drug." Pablo is currently dating Silva's estranged wife, Thaisa, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Silva during their 13-year relationship.

The sordid love divorce triangle apparently didn't sit well with Fabianna, who, according to Pablo, played both sides against each other to exact some kind of twisted revenge.

Pablo explains (via Facebook.com):

"Everything was settled for us, we made an agreement, we decided to get our own places. I waited till she found an apartment for her to live with my boys, paid for moving, the move in costs for the rental. Gave her the money we had agreed on that I would give her every month. I was taking my boys every other weekend, and seeing them twice a week. Everything was perfect. Then she started contacting Thiago Silva, sending him pictures and creating a bigger fire than it was on how long I have actually been with Thaisa. I guess she needed revenge for us not working out. When she found out that I was seeing Thaisa, she started calling my little sister, me and my brother-in -law, freaked out that she knew Thaisa's ex-husband was crazy, and telling us to be careful. That if he found out, he would go insane. Later we found out, after he was arrested, that when the detective got ahold of his phone, it was Fabianna provoking everything. She would text me that she was scared of this guy, and right after text him egging him on to get pissed and come after me. I have evidence that the day Thiago Silva came to my gym, and threatened us. She sent a message to both my sister and brother in law scared for her life our families life because Thiago had threatened her and the family. The same day, at night he came to my gym with a gun, screaming out my name, and threating everyone at the school. Funny enough, last week, the mother of my kids, goes to court to defend this monster, that could have killed me, the father of her kids, or even her own kids, that were at the gym training jiu-jitsu just a few hours before. Why would she defend him, but yet try to scare the whole family that he could hurt anyone of us? What kind of games is she playing with this guy? What kind of mother is she? I don't know who this person Fabianna is anymore. She jeopardizes everything, me seeing my boys, my business, our peace of spirit for her revenge. The crazy part is, I couldn't understand why this guy came to my gym, he has a girlfriend, has another girl in Brazil pregnant of 5 months, why the hate towards someone he is clearly not with anymore for some time? It's all clear now, Fabianna drove him so much over the edge, exaggerating how long I have really been with Thaisa, and everything else she did to persuade him to come to the gym with a gun."

To read more background on this bizarre Brazilian telenovela read Pablo's full statement right here.

Meanwhile, Silva -- who was cut from UFC (read details here) after his arrest on two counts of aggravated assault (see arrest report here) -- was recently released on bond and is under house arrest. He is scheduled back in court this week, at which time his manager will attempt to get Silva "a scheduled fight with another league since the UFC terminated his contract following his arrest."

Whether or not this revelation helps Silva's cause, or Pablo is just revealing it to serve his own interests -- or both -- remains to be seen.

For more on Silva and his arrest be sure to check out our complete story stream right here.

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