On the heels of Roger Goodell’s press conference today saying the NFL needs to do better with how they handle domestic violence, the UFC has once again released Thiago Silva, saying video and audio evidence had surfaced. And they have also suspended Anthony “Rumble” Johnson for an alleged 2012 incident.
STATEMENT ON ANTHONY JOHNSON
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.
STATEMENT ON THIAGO SILVA
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.
The UFC losing Silva is not that big a deal. No one really expected him to return. But Johnson is at the peak of his career and has never looked better. This is not good.