Recently Dana White relayed that Thiago Silva was being brought back to the organization, since the fighter had been “acquitted of all charges”, and now the UFC President has expanded on that decision.
Not long after it was announced that prosecutors were no longer pursuing a case versus Silva, in connection to an alleged incident with his wife and Pablo Popovitch, the UFC confirmed the light-heavyweight was coming back.
In the latest edition of FOX Sport’s 1’s “UFC Tonight“, White offered this additional explanation regarding Silva, who at one point, was banned by the promotion.
“When I said he’d never work in the UFC again, the SWAT team was surrounding his house, and he looked like he was in trouble. The guy hasn’t been charged with anything. There are two sides to this story. Since it happened, he’s said it’s not true. His manager and he have told us what’s happened. But if you believe in the legal process in the United States, he was put through it and was charged with nothing in the end. There’s no proof or evidence that he did anything wrong. If there was a tape that popped up like Ray Rice, that would be a different story.”
Silva, who hasn’t fought since last October when he decisioned Matt Hamill, has yet to have his next fight booked. The 31 year-old has gone 2-1, with 2 no contests in his last 5 scraps.
White was also asked about the future of Alistair Overeem, who was taken out by Ben Rothwell in the first round at UFC Fight Night 50. Since that was Overeem’s third stoppage loss in four fights, there’s been considerable speculation as to whether the UFC would elect to bring Overeem back.
Yes, the accomplished heavyweight is still a big name, some would argue huge, but he has gone 2-3 to date in the UFC. Not only that, but Overeem makes a sizeable pay check, so the promotion could have concluded paying the heavyweight six figures to lose, isn’t worth it.
Well, here is what White had to say about Overeem and his roster status:
“He is still one of the top 10 ranked heavyweights in the world. We’ll give him another fight.”
Overeem, who scored a decision win over Frank Mir in February, is currently ranked #10 in the promotion’s heavyweight division (he was ranked #7 before UFC FN 50). Prior to facing Rothwell, the Dutch fighter was stopped by Travis Browne and Antonio Silva in back-to-back fights.
So there you have it. Fans can look forward to at least one more UFC bout for “The Reem.” Wonder who and when it will be?