Anderson Silva is a free agent but with restrictions (with ref from Forbes)

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  1. MMAart Red Belt

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    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". <Lmaoo>
     
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  3. 2004 account Longtime fan

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    Silva just retire man, it's been a pathetic and terribly weak 'last leg' of your career.


    I'm not interested in seeing him fight nobodies in other orgs...
     
  4. MMAart Red Belt

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    Silva could be making millions in Bellator fighting Fedor. I think he knows this, Bellator know and the UFC know this.
     
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    Pretty sure its free agency with “UFCs Blessing” type of thing. They honestly had every contractual right to not let him go but probably did because of who anderson is. They will probably let him go to certain promotions so he can smash cans or fight other old man fighter aka retirement legends league lol
     
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    If he's not free then the UFC has to offer him fights. Unless Silva signed a deal stating he doesn't require the 3 fight offers a year then they have to just hope that he doesn't go anywhere else.
     
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    This a young man's game. Stay retired, champ.
     
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    That's why the same HWs have been top 10 for the past 3 decades
     
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    The “right to match” clause seems unnecessary. Like, of course they can offer more. It’s not like if the clause wasn’t there, Andy would have to take whatever bellator offered. Am I looking at this the wrong way?
     
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    Bellator will give Anderson Silva millions to fight Fedor. The UFC will do anything they can to stop this. There is no way the UFC would want Bellator to make a Fedor vs. Silva card.

    As much as they have been washed up in the eyes of us long time MMA fans, Fedor and Silva are still huge names, and this fight will get huge ratings.

    This is based on Google Trends (web / Youtube search within the last 12 months):​

    Silva is the #1 draw in Brazil - one of the biggest MMA markets in the world:

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    What direction is Bellator heading Scott? Down the toilet?
     
  12. MMAart Red Belt

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    If the UFC match the money, Andy has no choice but to sign with the UFC. That's the whole idea with the "right to match" term.
     
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    I guess that is probably what they did, or what the right to match thing means, he is free, but if they know he gets an offer they will try to keep him with them, but that lets them not having to offer him fights, something along the lines of that.
     
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    Damn! That’s kind of fucked up. But I guess Andy was the one who signed it.
     
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    Fedor vs anderson when?
     
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    According to Forbes' article, the UFC can match whatever offers Silva can get elsewhere (and prevent him from leaving), but they (UFC) are not obligated to give him any fights (for 12 months).
     
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    The "right to match" is standard in many MMA contracts from what I read. Andy can still wait 12 months for it to expire, and then he can go to any promotion he wants.
     
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    I'm guessing by the end of 2021 (12 months expiration for restricted free agent).

    Either Silva will sit out until 2021 and fight Fedor, or the UFC will throw a mountain of cash at Silva to resign him.
     
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    Andy isn't a heavyweight, my bud, he's a middleweight that's lost a step or two and has no more chin.
     
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