The UFC has suspended Anthony Johnson and released Thiago Silva according to statements released by the promotion on Friday.
Johnson was suspended indefinitely due to an ongoing situation. The light heavyweight contender was most recently linked to a 2015 bout with Alexander Gustafsson that would likely crown a No. 1 contender.
A report by BloodyElbow.com indicates that the mother of Johnson’s children has taken out a restraining order again him stating that he hit her and knocked out two of her teeth two years ago.
“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.”
Johnson posted a message on his Facebook page in response to the report:
Silva was resigned after allegations against him were dismissed in court. However, a new video has been released by Silva’s ex-wife that led to the second termination of his contract..
“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.”
We will continue to update the situation involving both Johnson and Silva as information becomes public.