Morning Report: Pablo Popovitch claims his own ex-wife instigated Thiago Silva to seek revenge

Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Pablo Popovitch, the man at the center of former UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva's bizarre felony arrest, now says he believes his ex-wife to have been the chief instigator of the incident. On Feb. 6, 2014, Silva was arrested following an alleged confrontation involving his own estranged spouse Thaysa Kamiji at Popovitch's place of business, an Oakland Park, Florida martial arts academy, and the home standoff with police that followed.

Releasing a lengthy statement via Facebook, Popovitch says his ex-wife actively engaged in text messaging Silva to provoke him into inciting some sort of revenge on her former husband.

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.

You can read Popovitch's entire statement here.

Although Silva was initially charged with two counts of attempted felony murder, the court determined there was insufficient probable cause to levy the murder charges. Silva was ultimately charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of resisting an officer without violence. While he was initially denied bail after being deemed a flight risk, Silva was released from Broward County Jail Mar. 7 on $25,000 bond.

Silva, who has since been released by the UFC, was originally set to face Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 Mar. 15 in Dallas, Texas.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via heavyfl0w.

The Inevitable Occasion When I Write About Steroids In MMA

On February 27th, 2014, the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a ban on testosterone replacement therapy. The UFC followed suit, issuing this statement:

"We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling."

Mere hours later, TRT proponent Vitor Belfort pulled out of his scheduled title fight with Chris Weidman for reasons that seem fairly obvious.

Okay.

I've been sporadically sitting here for the past few months, staring at my blank computer screen, in the hopes that a way to start an article about the most polarizing, loaded topic in organized sports will pop into my head. Since it obviously hasn't, I'm just going to start writing and see what happens. I have to write about this subject, and no matter how ignorant, lazy, or predictably contrarian my opinion might seem, the idea of getting it out there is more important to me than if I had never mentioned it at all, backlash be damned. In short, I have a big mouth.

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