The justice system is a fickle thing. Despite a SWAT team standoff and allegedly threatening his wife with a gun (which led to two charges of aggravated assault with a firearm), Thiago Silva has been cleared of all wrongdoing stemming from his arrest last February. Of course, Silva and his lawyer have contested the charges against him from the beggining, but it doesn't appear that his legal defense was at the heart of the judges ruling to dismiss his case. According to TMZ Sports, Silva's ex-wife was uncooperative with the prosecution and at this point, is assumed to have left the country entirely.
Broward County State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Kim Fontana tells us ..."All charges against Thiago Silva were dropped. The victim was uncooperative, and investigators determined that she has likely moved out of the country."
Silva's attorney, Scott Saul, says the fighter has always proclaimed his innocence and is looking forward to moving on with his life.
"Thiago was described as some sort of rabid bird, [the allegations] made him look like a crazy person. But he was not," Saul says.
ESPN's Brett Okamoto was able to confirm TMZ's story via Twitter.
Confirmed with reps from Broward County State Attorney Office, all criminal charges on former UFC vet Thiago Silva have been dropped.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 4, 2014
What this means for the fighter's future? It's hard to say.Silva was recently linked to a bout with Mike Hayes at Fight Time 20 on August 29th. However, he was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury. UFC president Dana White was fairly emphatic in his statement that Silva "Will never fight for the UFC again." Of course, that's a refrain that has been said before, most particularly about Nate Marquardt. Time will tell if it's a label that sticks to Silva.