Allegedly, Anderson Silva is currently a free agent, but Scott Coker of Bellator appears not interested in signing him at this time: This could be part of the reason. However, a bigger possibility is that Anderson Silva's "free agency" status is not truly free and still allows for the UFC to outbid Bellator to resign him. According to Forbes, the UFC contract has this thing called "the right to match," which allows the UFC to match whatever Bellator is offering to a "free agent" (Anderson Silva): https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulgi...ntracts-are-more-restrictive/?sh=77b0cfd6471a "Right-to-match is essentially restricted free agency, giving the incumbent promoter the right to match the financial terms of any new offer a fighter gets from a different promoter. ... the UFC had restricted free agency clauses in 99.9% of its contracts lasting for 12 months on average." Therefore, I believe Bellator could be waiting for this period (12 months) to expire, and Silva will be truly free. Only then will Bellator be able to sign him without the UFC stepping in to "c0ck block".