Bellator MMA veteran Sergio Da Silva, who last competed at Bellator 180, was recently arrested for allegedly robbing a Citibank in Queens, New York.
Da Silva has been released by the authorities and is awaiting a trial date, has released a statement through Facebook.
Here is the full statement from the arrested fighter:
Crazy day to say the least. I am truly overwhelmed by all the love and support I have received. I got all the text , calls, emails, messages etc. thank you to my phenomenal lawyer I'm home and my attorney is working hard to clear this up. As much as I would love to speak more about the allegations my legal team has rightfully advised me against discussing any details until the case is over. We are following all the necessary steps required. All I ask is for everyone to plz respect my family during this difficult times also plz understand my distance . I do not have my cell phone . Should have it in the next few days. I'm ready to cooperate and clear up my name.
The fighter was also involved in some controversy with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) prior to the robbery. That controversy took place at the Bellator 180 weigh-ins, where Da Silva attempted to manipulate the scale in order to make it appear that he made weight for his fight, although he was overweight.