The UFC has officially announced the signing of former PRIDE Champion Wanderlei Silva. The deal brings another premiere light heavyweight fighter to the UFC but this one is extra special as Silva has been the subject of rampant rumors over the past months and years and signing brings a sense of closure with his actual signing in the books but cranks up the anticipation of his UFC return, which is slated for December.
The 31-year-old is rumored to be facing Chuck Liddell on the December 29th UFC 79 card though the UFC has yet to confirm the event or the fight.
Dana White discusses the situation in the official announcement of the signing:
“As crazy as this sounds, this is the pinnacle of my seven year career in this company. I’m so excited to have this guy under contract. He grabbed my arm and looked me in the eyes like one of his pre-fight staredowns and he said ‘I’m gonna fight so good for you, you’re gonna see the best fights ever from Wanderlei Silva.'”