Albert Tumenov wasn’t impressed with the UFC’s offer of a new contract, and he says he’ll look elsewhere to fight.
It looks like another top UFC welterweight is going to test free agency. On the heels of many other fighters lately, Albert Tumenov apparently wasn’t happy with the terms of a new contract offer from the promotion, and has decided that fighting elsewhere might be more beneficial for him. The eight-time UFC veteran took to Instagram to make his point:
Моим друзьям болельщикам. Недавно мне позвонили из организации UFC, с предложением переписать контракт, условия предложение были неприемлемые, и скорее всего я стану свободным агентом. Слава Всевышнему сейчас много других организации, даже в России которые уже наступают на пятки UFC. Мои последние два поражения, были обусловлены моей болезнью, как вы знаете недавно я был в Корее, и хвала Всевышнему лечение было удачным. Теперь вы увидите настоящего “Эйнштейна” . В какой организации? Посмотрим. #ufc #tumenov
Here is the rough translation:
“My friends and fans. Recently, I received a call from the UFC organization, with a proposal to rewrite the contract. The terms of the proposal were unacceptable, and most likely I’ll be a free agent. Thank God now for a lot of other organizations, even in Russia, which have come on the heels of the UFC. My last two defeats were due to my illness, as you know, I was recently in Korea, and praise to God the treatment was successful. Now you will see this “Einstein.”
What organization? We will see.”
Tumenov (17-4, 5-3 UFC) flirted with the top 15 during a five-fight winning streak, but dropped two bouts in a row to Gunnar Nelson and Leon Edwards to finish out his contract. He was submitted in both of those bouts.
If Bellator isn’t interested in the 25-year-old, you can bet that Russian promotions like M-1 and Eurasia Fight Nights (who recently signed light heavyweight Nikita Krylov) would snatch him up, as he alluded to in his post.