Thiago Silva has been released by the UFC again. | Alan Oliveira/Sherdog.com
Thiago Silva was terminated from his UFC contract on Friday, two weeks after being reinstated by the company when assault and battery charges against the fighter were dropped.
The move by the UFC comes on the heels of two separate videos being posted to YouTube by Silva’s estranged wife, Thaysa Kamiji. The two videos allegedly show Silva under the influence of cocaine as well as Silva searching her house while carrying a concealed weapon in his pocket.
The promotion released this statement in regards to the videos on Friday afternoon:
“Thiago Silva was released from his UFC contract on Feb. 7 due to his arrest by police in South Florida. The charges against Silva were dropped by the Broward County District Attorney’s office, and Silva was re-signed to the UFC earlier this month. Based on new information received today in the form of video and audio evidence, Silva has been terminated from his UFC contract.”
Kamiji, whose decision to leave the country ultimately allowed Silva to walk away from the charges, spoke to MMAFighting.com about the UFC’s decision to release Silva a second time.
"I never lied about anything I’ve said since the beginning," Kamiji said. "Justice was made."
Kamiji decided to release the videos after seeing Silva speak about their issues during an appearance on The MMA Hour.
"I dropped [the restraining order] so I wouldn’t have to come back to trial and risk losing my job, so I ended up helping Thiago,” Kamiji said. “But I was pissed off when he decided to open his mouth. He should be thanking me, but people never change.”
The decision by the UFC to terminate Silva from his contract comes in the midst of an uneasy time in the world of sports, with pressure mounting on the National Football League to address issues of domestic abuse. The UFC moved quickly to re-sign Silva when a Florida judge dropped all charges against ex-UFC fighter, but now have moved equally as fast in severing all ties with the Brazilian light heavyweight.