'Bigfoot' Silva returns to meet Andrei Arlovski in Brasilia main event
Antonio Silva will come off his nine-month drug suspension and meet Andrei Arlovski in heavyweight main event on Sept. 13 in Brazil.
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (left) meets Andrei Arlovski in a rematch of their 2010 bout in Strikeforce.
By Marc Raimondi
Antonio Silva's suspension will be over in September and he'll waste no time getting back into the Octagon.
"Bigfoot" will have a rematch with Andrei Arlovski in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Sept. 13 in his hometown of Brasilia, Brazil, UFC officials confirmed Thursday. The main card is likely to air on FOX Sports 1. The fight booking was initially reported by Brazilian outlet Globo.
Silva (18-5, 1 NC) tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following his majority draw with Mark Hunt in December, earning a nine-month ban from competition. "Bigfoot" is No. 4 in the UFC's official heavyweight rankings and is a former No. 1 contender for the title. Before the Hunt fight, which was turned into a no contest, the 34-year-old Silva had won two of three.
He already owns a win over Arlovski and in rather dominant decision victory in May 2010 in Strikeforce. Arlovski (22-10, 1 NC) made his return to the UFC after six years away with a controversial split decision win over Brendan Schaub at UFC 174 last month. That victory earned him the No. 14 spot in the rankings. The 35-year-old Belarus native has now won seven of nine fights.
This will also be Silva's first fight in years without using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which his manager Alex Davis has said he needs to stay healthy. It'll be interesting to see how he performs without it.
UFC Fight Night on Sept. 13 will take place at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia. Currently, it's the only bout announced for the card.