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Domestic Violence Issues Force Thiago Silva & Anthony “Rumble” Johnson Out of UFC

Domestic Violence Issues Force Thiago Silva & Anthony “Rumble” Johnson Out of UFC

It’s beginning to feel like we’ll need to begin a weekly “MMA Domestic Violence Roundup” here at Caged Insider.

This week, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson took the spotlight, with allegations coming from the mother of two of his children. As described by Brent Brookhouse of Bloody Elbow, the woman described being punched in the face, knocking out several teeth. She reports a history of abuse and threats from Johnson.

Brookhouse revealed another domestic violence allegation in 2009 in his report — this one led to Johnson plead “nolo contendere” (no contest) to misdemeanor domestic violence. The alleged victim in that case reported being slammed to the floor and dragged up a flight of stairs by the UFC light heavyweight contender.

Johnson has been suspended indefinitely by the UFC.

A statement on the UFC website reads:

We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely. We are using a third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation and once we have more information, we’ll determine whether further course of action is necessary.

Also this week, Johnson’s teammate and fellow light heavyweight Thiago Silva was released from his UFC contract. Silva’s ex-wife Thaysa Kamiji had filing domestic violence charges against him back in February, but charges were dropped when she fled the country. Yesterday, Kamiji released video evidence of Silva’s behavior.

The UFC responded by releasing Silva, as described in the following statement:

Thiago Silva was released from his UFC contract on Feb. 7 due to his arrest by police in South Florida. The charges against Silva were dropped by the Broward County District Attorney’s office and Silva was re-signed to the UFC earlier this month. Based on new information received today in the form of video and audio evidence, Silva has been terminated from his UFC contract.

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