Wanderlei Silva Says UFC Threatened To Sue Him For Bellator Appearance

In his latest video blog recently retired fighter Wanderlei Silva continues to take jabs at the UFC and reveals that they threatened to sue him after agreeing to do a signing session to help generate interest in rival promotion Bellator’s Tito Vs Bonnar event a few weeks ago.

According to Silva he had been offered $10,000 to make the appearance, but after initially agreeing to do it he had to cancel just two days beforehand after receiving an email from the UFC who reminded him he was still under contract.

“How do you have a retired athlete under contract?” Silva asks in his video blog.  “So I can’t work any more?  I can’t profit from the image that I built with my blood, my sweat, my heart and everything that you all witnessed?”

Silva certainly finds himself in an awkward position, though it should be noted that it’s at least partially his own doing as what he hasn’t talked much about is the fact that he was banned for life from fighting by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after running out on a random drug test earlier in the year.

Elsewhere on his vlog Silva sympathizes with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson who’s frustrated with how he’s being treated by Bellator, apologizes to Cain Velasquez after questioning the injury that forced him out of his title fight with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180.

Watch it for yourselves below.


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