The Axe Murderer Cometh
Just over three years have passed since we last saw Wanderlei Silva last put on a pair of four ounce gloves for a day at the office. As of today, the now 39-year-old is back in the game.
This news is following a two-year retirement after refusing to take a pre-UFC 175 drug test which then forced his release from the promotion along with his receipt of a lifetime (now three-year) ban by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The agreement is a multi-year, multi-fight arrangement. The details as well as information on his first bout under the Viacom-owned banner were not released at this time.
Silva is 35-12-1 with one No Contest in a professional career of 18 years (1996-2014) with 25 of those wins by KO/TKO during his original run. Silva last scored a KO during his final UFC clash against “The All-American” Brian Stann on March 3, 2013.
While his time in MMA premiere organization did not yield a championship, the established veteran was both the Pride Middleweight champion (the first) and the division’s 2003 Grand Prix Tournament Winner, the first to have accomplished both. The Brazilian also holds the record for most consecutive overall and Middleweight division title defenses at four.