Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) is the latest promotion to pass up signing Anderson Silva.
Silva recently became a free agent following what was his last fight in the UFC when he suffered a fourth-round TKO defeat at the hands of Uriah Hall last month.
Despite Silva having one more fight on his deal, UFC president Dana White was adamant the former longtime middleweight champion had competed for the promotion for the last time and urged him to retire soon after.
Of course, “The Spider” has no plans on retiring just yet and was notably relieved to have been released from his UFC contract.
However, his future won’t be in bare knuckle boxing as BKFC president David Feldman has no plans on signing the Brazilian.
“At this time we are not interested in Anderson Silva competing for BKFC,” Feldman told BJ Penn. “He’s a legend and I loved watching him fight. We need to concentrate on building our fighters already signed to BKFC.”
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Silva Getting Rejected Again
So what could be the reason for this?
One possibility is these promotions agree with White that Silva is done at the top level and shouldn’t be competing anymore. That said, it doesn’t explain why ONE signed Vitor Belfort or BKFC have signed Frank Mir in recent times.
The more likely explanation is that Silva would cost or would ask for a lot of money which at the age of 45, wouldn’t be worth the investment despite his name value.