Thiago Silva’s week just keeps getting worse; the troubled ex-UFC light-heavyweight was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her and their son, and after an armed stand off with police was fired by his employers Zuffa. It was later revealed that Silva had apparently threatened Pablo Popovitch and his students at his local jiu jitsu gym.
Silva’s ex-wife Kaysa Kamiji spoke to MMAFighting recently, stating that the incident was not because Silva had found out that she was dating Popovich, but rather drug related. Apparently Silva and Kamiji had been divorced since 2012, and the incident at her home was fuelled by paranoia and cocaine.
“You know what I don’t understand? We had a healthy relationship, we always talked, each one respected the other’s space,” Kamiji said. “He became (violent) over the past three weeks. I think that’s the consequence of the use of cocaine.”
“My marriage was over in December of 2012. In our relationship, I had to deal with the imbalance and aggressions. But I never went to talk to the police because I fear the reactions. Even after I was assaulted, I did not speak.”
Clearly there are a lot more issues on show here than first met the eye. It would appear that Silva has some serious anger, drug and violence issues. We always knew that the guy was an animal as a pro fighter, but it looks like he had a hard time separating work and home life.
“That’s what ended the marriage,” she said. “The problem was cocaine. He always thinks he’s above the law. My neighbor knew that she should call the police if she ever heard me scream. He had the cocaine paranoia. He came to my house, tore my clothes and pointed a gun at my head. I already suffered some abuse, but I always withdrew because I was afraid.”
If the alleged crimes are accurate, it would be fair to say that Silva will never fight as a pro again, and also that he will face some prison time. Although the disgraced Brazilian KO artist may have done wrong, it is also abundantly clear that he needs help. I just hope that the right assistance is available before he seriously hurts someone, or himself.