Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Thiago Silva Granted $25,000 Bond

Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley initially denied bail for Silva, saying the Brazil native posed a flight risk.

Friday, Mar 7, 2014  |  Updated 8:33 PM EDT
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Mixed martial arts fighter Thiago Silva was granted $25,000 bond Friday. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

Mixed martial arts fighter Thiago Silva was granted $25,000 bond Friday. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

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Mixed martial arts fighter Thiago Silva was granted $25,000 bond Friday.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Silva, 31, on Feb. 6th after they say he pulled a gun on his estranged wife in the parking lot of a gym, put the gun in her mouth, threatened to kill her and then locked himself into a townhouse until SWAT team deputies talked him into surrendering peacefully.

Silva's bond came with several conditions, which included staying away from his wife.

Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley initially denied bail for Silva, saying the Brazil native posed a flight risk.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report read in court by Hurley, Silva and his wife, Thaysa, have been married 13 years but separated in 2012.

The night of the incident, Thaysa Silva was training at the Pablo Popovitch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center at 777 E. Oakland Park Blvd. when Thiago Silva drove up and began honking continuously, the report said.

When she went out to meet him, Silva, who appeared to be intoxicated, pointed a handgun at her, Hurley said.

Silva told her she had 10 seconds to bring Popovitch, the owner of the center and Thaysa's boyfriend, outside or he was going to go into the school and shoot everyone, Hurley said. About 25 people were inside at the time of the incident, Hurley said.

Popovitch exited the training center and approached Silva's car and saw him pointing the gun at Thaysa Silva, Hurley said. Silva threatened to kill both of them, Hurley said.

Popovitch then went inside, locked the door and called the police, while Silva drove away, Hurley said.

Authorities tracked Silva down to his home on the 2000 block of Coral Heights Boulevard, where he refused to come out, Hurley said.

SWAT officers and deputies responded and set up a perimeter around the home, and Silva came outside after a couple of hours, Hurley said.

Deputies used a stun gun on Silva, who appeared intoxicated and said he didn't know what was going on, Hurley said.

Hurley said the day before the incident, Thaysa Silva had called police after Thiago Silva sent her a text message saying "I'm going to f--- you up and you're going to die, I'm going to hire someone to kill you and I'm going to move my girlfriend in the home."

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