Some fighters take losses very hard, but Brazilian-born Queens native and Bellator MMA fighter Sergio da Silva might have gone too far after his last L. It’s being reported by TMZ Sports that da Silva was arrested in connection with a bank robbery that occurred on August 24th at a Citibank “around the corner” from the fighter’s residence in Queens, NY.
The alleged bank robber came into the bank and jumped over a glass counter, insisting that the teller give him cash. Claiming to have a gun and threatening to shoot, the thief, who was wearing a ski-mask at the time, made away with somewhere around $50,000.
Despite the mask hiding his face, da Silva was identified by his fingerprints at the scene of the crime, according to police. If he is found guilty of what is currently a felony robbery charge, the Bellator fighter could face extended time in prison.
Da Silva has a 6-9 record as a professional fighter, including a 0-2 mark in Bellator. He lost his most recent fight at Bellator 180 to Matt Rizzo via submission in the third round. He also fought in the main event of Bellator 180, against noted veteran Chael Sonnen. Da Silva was previously in hot water–albeit of a different kind–earlier this summer, when he was caught trying to cheat the scale for his fight against Rizzo; after officials spotted him trying to weigh himself with just one foot fully on the scale, da Silva was ruled to be over weight for the fight. The matchup was not cancelled, however, as Rizzo decided to jump up in weight to match the Brazilian instead.