Nikita Krylov was ranked in the top 15 of the UFC Light Heavyweight Division less than a week ago, now he’s no longer a part of the promotion.
Reports surfaced that Krylov was released by the promotion, but the Russian fighter tells a different story about his UFC exit.
“I'm not particularly upset. God willing, there is still opportunities after a couple of years. There wasn’t a stumbling block, in fact. The only thing is that the old contract ended, and they wanted me to sign a new one. I did not want to, and because of this the UFC did not give me a fourth fight, relying on the contract and agreed to let me go,” Krylov said to MK.
Krylov last competed at this past December’s UFC 206 card, where he was submitted by Misha Cirkunov.
The Russian fighter will not be relaxing at home now that he’s no longer a part of the UFC, he has plans to fight in his native country.
“In Russia, there are at least a couple of organizations, if not more, who are interested in me,” Krylov explained. “We will negotiate. I think we’ll find common ground. I definitely will not lose, but on the contrary - profit. Today, started a new career as a revolution: here I am free, and now I can think of that as it is necessary. And then we'll see.”
During his tenure in the UFC, Krylov competed in both the light heavyweight division and heavyweight division.