It’s not the “big announcement” MMA fans were hoping to hear on Monday, but is appears that Strikeforce has added former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski to their roster.
Sherdog.com is reporting Arlovski has inked a multi-fight, 16-month contract to join MMA’s Junior Varsity and will face former EliteXC champion Antonio Silva on a yet-to-be announced May 15th event in St. Louis, MO.
Arlovski owns a respectable 15-7 pro MMA record, however hasn’t been seen in a mixed martial arts fight since getting put to sleep by Brett Rogers at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” last June.
Although the 31-year-old accepted the scrap on just 10 days notice, it took him all of 22 seconds to get KTFO. It was his second consecutive 1stRound knockout loss.
According to the report, Arlovski will spend part of his training camp at Greg Jackson’s famed MMA academy in Albuquerque, NM. The MMA guru also mentors UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, former 205-pound champ Rashad Evans, heavyweight contender Shane Carwin and many others.
Silva had won six of his last seven contests prior to dropping his last fight to Fabricio Werdum at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” in November. The defeat was a costly one for Silva as Werdum appears to have cemented himself as Fedor Emelianenko’s next opponent with the two heavyweights are expected to headline this May 15th fight card.