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Andrei Arlovski Signs with Strikeforce, Fights Antonio Silva on May 15

Andrei ArlovskiFormer UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has a new deal with Strikeforce and will end a near year-long layoff when he returns to action against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at the promotion’s May 15 Showtime-televised event in St. Louis.

The multi-fight, 16 month contract was announced by Arlovski on his official website, while Sherdog first reported his matchup with Silva.

“I cannot wait to get into the ring and show the world what I have been working on the last few months,” wrote Arlovski (15-7), who won five-straight over the likes of Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, and Fabricio Werdum between 2006 and 2008 before losing to Fedor Emelianenko in Affliction last January and dropping his Strikeforce debut to Brett Rogers in June.

Silva (13-2), the former EliteXC heavyweight champion who tested positive for steroids in 2008, scored back-to-back wins over Yoshihiro Nakao and Jim York in Sengoku last year to push his win streak to six-straight, before losing to Fabricio Werdum in November in his Strikeforce debut.

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