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Thiago Silva

Officially Replaced for 'UFC 171'

After Insane Gun Arrest

2/8/2014 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Thiago Silva is officially OFF THE BILL for "UFC 171" in March ... after allegedly threatening to kill his wife ... and he's been replaced by a Ukranian bad ass, TMZ Sports has learned.

After declaring Silva will never fight in the UFC ever again, Dana White tells TMZ Sports ... 21-year-old phenom Nikita Krylov will fill Silva's spot and fight Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 in Dallas.

We're told Krylov -- a former heavyweight -- will drop down to the light heavyweight division for the fight.

White is stoked about the matchup, especially after the way Krylov -- who calls himself the Al Capone of MMA -- knocked out Walt Harris with a head kick just :25 seconds into the fight at "UFC on FOX 10."

Sorry Thiago ... but that's what happens when you threaten to shoot people with a gun (allegedly).

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boo boo    

Dana white gives us what we want....mostly, that's why the sport is growing so incredibly fast. I'm interested in watching this matchup. I can only imagine dude can cut the weight because he wasn't training to fight...that said, my $$ is on St. Preux.

257 days ago

boo boo    

In completely unrelated news: THE LAKERS WON 2 IN A ROW! Happy birthday Steve Nash!

257 days ago

Patrick Prophylactic    

Let's call it what it is? Cutting steroid abuse is called Roid Rage. With s fight ina month Silva was forced to cut back to test clean. Surprised he ddidn't put the gun in his own mouth and bang bang.

257 days ago


Yeah, GO LAKERS!!!!!

257 days ago

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