Thiago Silva is no longer banished from the UFC.
After seeing all charges dropped stemming from a February incident involving both his estranged wife and a local BJJ instructor, Silva was signed back to the promotion last week. UFC president Dana White explained the reasoning behind allowing the welterweight to compete again inside the Octagon after previously stating he would never do so again.
“When this thing went down, I said he’d never fight in the UFC again. When I watched it unfold on TV and heard of the charges, it didn’t look good for Thiago Silva,” White said in an interview with UFC.com. “But he was acquitted of all charges. How do you not let the guy fight again?
“He went through the legal process and came out of it untainted,” White said. “He deserves to be able to make a living again. He’s back under contract.”
Silva (16-3) has not competed since last October and will turn 32 years old this November. He is unbeaten in his last three, going 2-0 with one no-contest. Silva has gone 7-3 in 10 UFC appearances overall.