UFC suspend Rumble Johnson and release Thiago Silva

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The UFC have decided to indefinitely suspend Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson and release Thiago Silva from his contract, following domestic abuse cases against the fighters.

The topic of domestic abuse is a hotbed at the moment amongst US sports, with high profile athletes like NFL running back, Adrian Peterson being arrested over domestic abuse claims.

The decision from the UFC today follows the news that the mother of Johnson's children has sought to get a restraining order against him and a video of Silva brandishing a firearm at his former partner emerged earlier today.

'Rumble' not so humble

In recent months, fans have taken to calling Johnson, 'Humble Rumble', due to his nature, yet it seems as if they were categorically wrong - especially if the claims are true.

A statement from Johnson's lawyer to BloodyElbow.com stated "Anthony categorically denies all allegations and looks forward to his court date in the civil matter, where the truth and lies will be established."

The report from BloodyElbow stipulates that the reason for the restraining order is that Johnson, or friends of Johnson, are sending her threatening texts and voice mails and that Johnson once beat her up at her workplace - knocking two of her teeth.

According to the report, the woman states that she has video evidence of Johnson doing this but so far that footage hasn't been released or seen by any sites.

It is not the first that Johnson has been tied a domestic abuse case. Back in 2009 he was charged with domestic violence, battery, death threats and destroying a phone to prevent the report of a crime.

Johnson pleaded "nolo contendere" (neither accepting nor denying) in 2010 to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence for which he was sentenced to serve three years probation, community service, and was to attend domestic violence counseling.

What the UFC will do next likely hinders on the result of the upcoming court case but the immediate impact is that it kills any hype for a potential number one contender's fight between Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson.

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Thiago Silva released again

As for Silva, a video of him was released by his ex-wife, which shows him allegedly brandishing a gun, while under the influence of drugs.

Silva had just recently resigned with the UFC after he released in February after he was arrested for threatening to shoot 25 people in a gym in Oakland Park, Florida - where his ex-wife was having a relationship with the owner.

He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and non-violently resisting an officer.

The attempted murder charges were lowered to aggravated assaults and then dropped altogether earlier this month, when the judge dropped the case due to his ex-wife fleeing the country.

However, this new video is certainly damning of him, it has been translated by reddit user, bluezinxx, in which the transcripts show that Silva doesn't threaten his ex-wife but instead seems to want to know if he was being cheated on, while his ex-wife Thaysa Silva, accuses of him being addicted to drugs.

It does leave the UFC being red faced over resigning him but all the facts haven't been presented, unlike the case of Adrian Peterson, who admitted to beating his kid with a 'switch' (a tree or bush branch used to whip a child on the legs or butt), so this decision does seem premature despite the video.

As the discussion about domestic abuse amongst athletes continues to rage on, these two may not be the last fighters who get caught up in the storm and while all cases should be treated with seriousness, the adage of 'innocent until proven guilty' needs to be remembered.

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Dana White

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