Are you hungry for another appearance by the “Axe Murderer?” Maybe you’d like to see him return to the wild Asian MMA scene, where he made his name during the heyday of the PRIDE organization in Japan? Perhaps you’d like to see him find a violent new home in the rings of Rizin, or the cages of One Championship?
Well, your wish appears to be one step closer to being granted.
Following a public apology, Brazilian MMA legend Wanderlei Silva has been released from his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, according to the fighter’s attorney.
A report from MMA Junkie describes the agreement as having been reached yesterday, and Silva will now be free to sign with other promotions.
Silva’s problems with the UFC date back several years, including controversies regarding performance enhancing drugs. More recently, he stated the promotion had “fixed fights.” Legal action followed.
Today on his Facebook page, Silva backed away from the claim and offered an apology:
“I failed to understand that the term ‘fight-fixing’ specifically refers to the illegal action or practice of dishonestly determining the outcome of a contest before it occurs. I understand the UFC’s reputation would be harmed if my fans and others actually believed the UFC engaged in fight fixing, and I have no evidence to support such a claim. I apologize for any misunderstanding my comments may have caused.”
The lawsuit against Silva will now be dismissed, according to Silva’s attorney Ross Goodman.
Silva last fought in March 2013, defeating Brian Stann at a UFC event in Saitama, Japan.
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