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Friday, February 7, 2014
Thiago Silva faces battery charge

By Brett Okamoto
ESPN.com

UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva was arrested late Thursday after he barricaded himself inside his residence in South Florida, according to reports.

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Thiago Silva was arrested Thursday after barricading himself inside his home, according to reports.

Thiago was jailed in Broward County and charged with aggravated battery and resisting an officer, the Sun-Sentinel reported, citing jail records.

Multiple local news affiliates reported Silva, 31, was involved in an altercation at Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Fla., on Thursday evening. According to reports, Silva was armed during the incident.

The Brazilian fighter reportedly left the scene and fled to his residence on Coral Heights Boulevard in neighboring Fort Lauderdale. Public records confirmed Silva as the property owner.

Broward Sheriff's Office officials told multiple media outlets that a suspect was apprehended after a SWAT team set up a perimeter around the residence, but the officials did not identify the suspect.

No one was harmed at the school or Silva's residence, according to reports.

The UFC released a statement regarding Silva's arrest Thursday.

"This evening, we were made aware of a situation involving Thiago Silva," the statement read. "We are in the process of gathering the facts and have no further comment at this time."

Silva (16-3) has fought for the UFC since 2007. He is scheduled to meet Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas.