43-year-old Wanderlei Silva looks set to become the latest mixed martial arts veteran to ink a deal with upstart fight promotion Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship after the expiration of his contract with Bellator.
Per a report by MMA Fighting, Silva’s tenure on the Bellator roster has come to an end after the organisation passed on extending his contract after it expired following his most recent bout against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in September of last year. This ends a two-fight run with Bellator in which he failed to secure a victory in the cage in either or his two fights, the other being a grudge match with Chael Sonnen.
Bellator officials detailed that they wouldn’t book Silva for another fight unless he was completely and fully cleared by medical personnel after the fighter complained of experiencing several concussion-like symptoms following his last mixed martial arts fight.
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However, Silva’s spell in the combat sports arena doesn’t look to be ending just yet as reports suggest that he has agreed a deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship to made his BKB debut at an unknown date in the future.
Silva has competed a total of 51 times in mixed martial arts competition, winning 35 times while suffering 35 draws along with a draw and a no-contest. His career ledger shows wins against the likes of Dan Henderson, Kazushi Sakuraba, Quinton Jackson, Michael Bisping, Cung Le and Brian Stann among others.
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship has pushed to expand its roster in recent months, adding the likes of Artem Lobov, Paulie Malignaggi and more recently former UFC title contenders Gabriel Gonzaga and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva to their ranks.