Wanderlei Silva Pulled From Bellator 131 Appearance Due to UFC Contractual Obligations

November 11, 2014
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Twenty-four hours after it was announced that Wanderlei Silva would be part of the Bellator 131 pre-fight festivities, “The Axe Murderer” has been pulled from the pre-fight schedule due to previous contractual obligations.

Bellator confirmed the development via Twitter on Tuesday.

Silva was scheduled to appear at Dave & Busters in San Diego on Friday following the weigh-ins alongside MMA legends Royce Gracie, Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock for the Bellator 131 “Official Pre-Party Kick Off.”

SEE ALSO: Wanderlei Silva Announces Retirement, Blasts UFC (VIDEO)

Silva retired from mixed martial arts days before being banned for life and fined $70,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission for evading a random drug test prior to his scheduled UFC 175 bout against Chael Sonnen. Although Silva retired, he remains under contract with the UFC.

Bellator 131 takes place on Saturday at the Valley View Casino Center. The night featuresTito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight main event, plus Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks for the vacant Bellator lightweight title.

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  • Seth

    Idiots…they really thought UFC will allow him to do that? ^.- Come on, even Bellator guys can’t be THAT stupid…

    Most likely all they wanted is just public attention, since they HAD to know it won’t work anyway.

  • Piotr

    This is total crap. The UFC can stop him from fighting in another org. But legally, contract or not, no one can keep someone from earning a living. This is going to be a really ugly lawsuit, and unless the UFC is willing to pay retired Wand what Bellator was going to, they can’t stop him. Bellator just didn’t want to deal with the lawsuit, but I bet Wand will.

    • DamianCross

      Agree with this. The only way I can see the UFC being right in this situation is if they offered Wand a public appearance spot to promote the recent Brazilian card and he outright refused. That may very well have happened, but if it didn’t they’re completely overreaching the non-compete clause.

    • TRT-rex

      It’s not total crap. He is still under contract with UFC. He was never released from UFC. He was banned by nsac then retired. That’s his fault for screwing up his opportunity to fight. He should have to wait till his contract runs out before he can do any MMA related stuff, especially after he tried to embarrass UFC, when he was the one that screwed up and ran from the test.

    • TheCerealKiller

      The contract includes appearances. He needs to un-retire and demand to finish his contract. If they refuse to let him fulfill his contract, then he has a case.

      • TRT-rex

        I’m sure he would be able to fight in Brazil! But that’s abou it. But I agree. i don’t think any other commission would license him.

        • TheCerealKiller

          He can fight all over the world and they can’t stop him. He just can’t fight in the States. OneFC…

          • TRT-rex

            But who watches one fc? Plus he is under UFC contract, so no he can’t fight all over the world unless it with UFC, and I doubt any of their outside commissions would license him. I doubt ufc would even do it for a self sanctioned event.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Remember the UFC in Japan? They sanctioned their own event because there is no sanctioning body. He can fight anywhere there isn’t commision, which is all over the place.

          • TRT-rex

            Yes. I remember. I just simply don’t beli the UFC would let him fight for them even in Japan or any other country they commissioned themselves. I think he screwed up to bad. IMO. But, good discussion!

          • TheCerealKiller

            I don’t mean for the UFC, he can go fight for anyone else.

          • TRT-rex

            Not until his UFC contract expires! But after yes

  • Hoffmeist

    Last I checked Wanderlei is a grown ass man and signed the contract saying he would commit to UFC in all things from PR to appearances to fighting etc His decision to do so and be a part of the UFC organization just like it was his choice to avoid drug tests and ruin his career. Don’t be mad at the UFC lawyers for literally doing what they were hired to do including enforcing contracts made. get real guys

  • wandysmother

    just when i thought i was out they pull me back in!! haha fuc silva

  • James Mckaskle

    For all you who bash the UFC. You are idiots! Keeping your word especially when it is in writing for you to do so is kind of a big deal. Silva ruined his career, Silva is a roid freak, Silva is an idiot for not investing and saving his money. Some of you morons think people are entitled to do whatever they want without constraint. The world doesn’t work that way. I know that is hard for thoughtless people like yourselves to grasp. Smoke another bowl, zone out and maybe it’ll come to you.

    • TheCerealKiller

      “Silva is an idiot for not investing and saving his money”

      celebritynetworth dot com has him listed as 16 million net worth.