For Thiago Silva, a guilty verdict might mean deportation

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Former UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva might be facing deportation from the United States if he is convicted on the felony charges he is currently facing.

Thiago Silva's actions a few days ago in Florida have already landed him in jail and cost him his job with the UFC. But the stakes might be even bigger if he is convicted on the felony charges he's facing after the incident with his wife and Pablo Popovitch. According to a Fox Sports article, Silva might actually be deported from the United States if the verdict is guilty:

After being arrested Thursday, the former UFC fighter now has an immigration detainer, meaning he could be deported to Brazil if found guilty of felony charges, according to Silva's lawyer, Scott Saul.

Saul, a criminal defense lawyer, said he was going to enlist the help of an immigration attorney to fight the hold. Saul said Silva is a legal resident of the United States and he isn't sure why he could be facing deportation.

"It's a solvable issue," Saul told FOX Sports on Monday.

The detainer might not stick, but its presence is not allowing Saul to immediately fight Broward County judge John Hurley's decision to hold Silva without bail. Hurley ruled that since Silva is a Brazilian national that he is a flight risk.

Silva (16-3, 2 NC) had been lined up for a fight with Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171, but he was booted from the UFC following news of his arrest. He has been replaced by Nikita Krylov.

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