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Thiago Silva Arrested On Attempted Murder Charge, Accused Of Threatening Wife With Gun

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Thiago Silva prepares to enter the Octagon before his light heavyweight bout against Stanislav Nedkov at the UFC Macao event inside CotaiArena on November 10, 2012 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — An Ultimate Fighting Champion fighter is being held in a Broward County jail, accused of threatening his wife with a gun.

Jail records show 31-year-old Thiago Silva was being held without bond Saturday.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist was arrested on Thursday on charges that include attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and obstruction without violence. But his attorney, Scott Saul, says the charges were downgraded during a Friday court appearance to aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Ultimate Fighting Championship says on its website that it has terminated Silva's contract.

Authorities say Silva took a gun to a mixed martial arts academy in Oakland Park where he threatened his estranged wife. Silva left and was holed up in his home for hours until he surrendered.

 
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