Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Thiago Silva appeared before the judge earlier today (Feb. 7, 2014) to answer for charges stemming from his arrest on Thursday night, after Silva was taken into custody (watch the video) following an armed standoff with South Florida police.
Full details of his arrest here.
The state was pursuing attempted murder; however, Judge John Hurley was not convinced that Silva was going to shoot his wife in the midst of their domestic dispute and the Brazilian was likely helped that he has no prior arrests. In addition, he is a lawful U.S. resident, according to his defense attorney, and has no income outside of mixed martial arts (MMA).
His attorney also revealed a lien by the IRS for unpaid taxes.
That being said, he was still slapped with multiple counts (two) of aggravated assault with a firearm and the court recognized Silva as a flight risk, as well as a potential risk to the health and safety of the community, namely his wife and Pablo Popovitch, who was also named as a victim in Silva's arrest.
See video from today's bond hearing here.
The court also identified a pattern of ongoing domestic violence, where Silva allegedly put a gun in his wife's mouth and warned her that he would "kill her," coupled with death threats sent by way of text message. Silva also allegedly threatened to murder Popovitch.
Read the full list of charges in his shocking police report here.
After crunching the numbers, bond was ultimately withheld and Silva will be forced to surrender his passport -- not that it matters -- since he's been ordered to be detained until further notice (see his mug shot here). Brazil currently does not honor extradition requests.
And Hurley was clearly concerned about a one-way flight to the motherland.
That will force the 205-pound slugger to be removed from his upcoming fight at UFC 171 on March 15, 2014 in Dallas, Texas, where he was previously scheduled to compete against Ovince St. Preux. The promotion issued its first statement earlier today (read it), but has yet to reveal a potential replacement.
Lots of moving parts here, Maniacs.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates to this still-developing story, as they become available.