Thiago Silva just hit a roadblock in the continuation of his MMA career outside the UFC. His 2014 court saga saw him jailed and cut from the UFC following a police standoff and allegations that he had threatened his ex-wife with a gun. He was then re-signed and re-cut after the she refused to follow up on charges, but instead released video supporting her accusations when he tried to deny them publicly. Following that long string of events, Silva signed to fight with the World Series of Fighting back in January of 2015. He's only fought once for the promotion since, losing to last minute replacement Teddy Holder in the first leg of the promotion's 4-man tournament to crown a LHW champ. That fight took place in Pheonix, Arizona.
Now, returning to Las Vegas for the first time since 2011, Silva finds himself unable to get a license to fight, but it's nothing to do with past criminal charges against him, as he explained to AXS TV during an interview meant to talk about his upcoming bout. Here's what Silva had to say when asked about his return to the cage against Mike Kyle at WSOF 22:
No, I'm not fighting anymore.
Yeah, the boxing commission, they don't want to give me the license. The Nevada commission. You know, because I got suspended, like, three years ago when I fought Brandon Vera, you know? Because of the doping. And I'm supposed to go in court to talk to them. I paid the fine, I paid everything, I did the time. So, they want me to show up in court and to say sorry, and then they want to let me the license. They went for the last minute for the fight to say I'm not going to fight.
In Silva's place will be former UFC and Bellator fighter Clifford Starks, stepping in on very short notice.