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Thiago Silva's arrest upsets Ovince St. Preux, his would-be UFC 171 opponent

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According to a Feb. 7 report from MMA Junkie, Ovince St. Preux (14-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) admits he was upset to learn Thiago Silva (16-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) was scrapped from the UFC 171 card due to a recent arrest.

St. Preux, 30, had been training hard for a fight against Silva, and he's now left without an opponent.

“Hopefully, they’re looking for an opponent for me,” he said. “It’s one of those things where it caught everybody by surprise. (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva knows everything about it. It’s like a waiting game. I’m pretty sure I’m still on the card; the fight is six weeks away.”

Silva was arrested on the evening of Feb. 6 after an altercation at a Florida BJJ facility.

The standout MMA vet was apparently upset that his wife got involved in a romantic relationship with one of the head trainers at the gym, so he drove to the facility and threatened several people at gunpoint.

St. Preux says it's unfortunate Silva's arrest involved violence against women.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for my mom and my sister,” he said. “She’s the only girl out of six boys, so it’s one of those things. I say to my sister sometimes, and I love my sister, but with her personality, she gets herself in trouble a lot of times. But at the end of the day, regardless of whether it’s her fault or the other person’s fault, you don’t put your hands on my sister, because she’s a girl.”

The UFC opted to terminate Silva's contract after all the details emerged about his case. As for St. Preux, he's awaiting word on who his next opponent will be.

UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is an upcoming MMA event to be held on March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

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