Thiago Silva, the former light heavyweight contender who was arrested on felony charges and subsequently released from the UFC in early-February, has been scheduled to return to the cage on August 29, 2014 at Fight Time 20, in what will be Silva's first fight since his dramatic showdown with Florida police.
Silva (16-3, 2 NC) is currently awaiting trial on several charges of aggravated assault and battery, sending threatening texts, and resisting arrest without violence.
The 31-year-old was arrested on February 6 after an alleged altercation with his estranged wife, Thaysa Kamiji, and her partner, Pablo Popovitch, at Popovitch's mixed martial arts school in Fort Lauderdale, as well as an ensuing armed standoff with members of the Broward County Sheriff's Office at Silva's residence.
According to police report, Kamiji claimed that Silva had previously held a revolver inside her mouth, then later threatened to shoot up Popovitch's school before a standoff with a SWAT team ended with a taser being deployed on Silva "for officer safety reasons." A restraining order filed by Kamiji has since been lifted, while Silva has returned to coaching and training with Blackzilian teammates in Boca Raton.
Following the incident, Silva was released from the UFC, and UFC President Dana White was quoted as saying the Brazilian "will never fight in the UFC again."
Fight Time 20 is expected to take place at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Fight Time Promotions is a regional promotion owned and operated by former Olympic gold medalist and American Top Team coach Howard Davis Jr.
An opponent for Silva has yet to be announced.
Silva exited the UFC riding a two-fight win streak, having knocked out Rafael Cavalcante and taken a lackluster decision over Matt Hamill. Altogether he held a 7-3 record with the promotion, although he also had two additional wins overturned into no contests; one due to a falsified urine sample, and the second due to a positive test for marijuana.