By Zach Arnold | February 7, 2014
Mugshot from Broward County, Florida Sheriff’s office
Arrest number 501400892.
One can only imagine the internal reaction at Zuffa HQ in Las Vegas Thursday night when news broke nationally about the arrest of fighter Thiago Silva in Broward County, Florida (Ft. Lauderdale).
As if the New York Post’s story about a New York lobbyist guest being a convicted level 1 sex offender wasn’t bad enough press for UFC, here comes the… ultimate… ammunition for New York politicians looking for a reason to take a pass on voting for MMA legislation.
NBC Miami reports that Silva had a standoff with local police and their SWAT unit after he allegedly went to Pablo Popovitch’s BJJ school and supposedly went on the attack.
Silva has been charged on four counts: two counts of attempted felony murder, one count of aggravated battery with deadly weapon, and one count of resisting arrest (without violence).
On the attempted felony murder charges, Florida law code 782.051(1):
(1) Any person who perpetrates or attempts to perpetrate any felony enumerated in s. 782.04(3) and who commits, aids, or abets an intentional act that is not an essential element of the felony and that could, but does not, cause the death of another commits a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life, or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, which is an offense ranked in level 9 of the Criminal Punishment Code. Victim injury points shall be scored under this subsection.
MMA Weekly claims the incident was motivated by a domestic dispute.