ONE Championship CEO Won't Sign Anderson Silva: "Safety Is Our No. 1 Priority"

Do not expect to see Anderson Silva in ONE Championship, according to the promotion's CEO Chatri Sityodtong.

Silva (34-11) is a free agent following his loss to Uriah Hall in the main event of UFC Vegas 12 on Halloween. UFC President Dana White expressed his desire for Silva to retire; however, "The Spider" recently insisted he has more left in the tank. Fightful reached out to ONE Championship boss Sityodtong who said the promotion will not be offering Silva a contract.

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"I am a huge Anderson Silva fan. Without a doubt, he is one of the best ever to do it. That being said, athlete safety is our number one priority at ONE Championship. As such, we will not be bidding for his services," Sityodtong said in a statement to Fightful. "I wish Anderson much happiness and success in whatever he chooses to do next."

Bellator President Scott Coker was also dismissive when asked about potentially signing the former UFC middleweight champion.

SIlva is 1-7 (1 NC) dating back to his first loss to Chris Weidman in 2013. The only victory standing in that stretch is a unanimous decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in 2017. The legend's last winning streak was a molten 17-fight run between 2006 and 2012. He beat the likes of Vitor Belfort (a ONE Championship signee), Chael Sonnen (twice), Demian Maia, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin.

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