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Ex-UFC fighter Thiago Silva free after judge drops all charges in alleged domestic assault incident

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Thiago Silva, the former UFC light heavyweight contender who was arrested in early-February and subsequently cut from the UFC, is once again a free man.

A Florida judge dropped all charges levied against Silva stemming from an alleged altercation with Silva's estranged wife, Thaysa Kamiji, and her partner, Pablo Popovitch, outside of Popovitch's mixed martial arts school in Fort Lauderdale, MMAFighting.com confirmed on Thursday following an initial report by TMZ.

Silva was arrested on February 6th following an armed standoff with members of the Broward County Sheriff's Office at his residence. According to a 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."

The 31-year-old ex-UFC fighter faced charges of aggravated assault and battery, sending threatening texts, and resisting arrest without violence as a result of the incident, however a representative from the Broward County State Attorney's Office stated to MMAFighting.com that the case was ultimately thrown out as "the victim (Kamiji) was uncooperative, and investigators determined that she has likely moved out of the country."

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, UFC President Dana White declared that Silva (16-3, 2 NC) "will never fight in the UFC again." It remains to be seen whether UFC officials will uphold White's words now that the Brazilian has been legally cleared of any wrongdoing.

Silva amassed a 7-3 record (with 2 no contests) over the course of his seven-year run inside the UFC. He exited the promotion holding a two-fight win streak over Rafael Cavalcante and Matt Hamill, the former of which earned Silva ‘Fight of the Night' and ‘Knockout of the Night' honors.

Silva was briefly linked to make his MMA return on August 29th at Fight Time 20, however that bout ultimately fell through and the light heavyweight has yet to compete since his initial arrest.