Rizin Fighting Federation on Monday announced that it has inked
Silva to “a multi-year promotional contract.” The move reunites
“The Axe Murderer” with Rizin president Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the
co-founder and former head of Pride, whose 205-pound title Silva
held from 2001 to 2007.
Silva, 39, will make his Rizin debut at the company’s April 17
event, where he will compete in a tag-team grappling match.
Along with a partner yet to be announced, Silva will grapple
against three-time Pride foe Kazushi
Sakuraba and Hideo
Tokoro. According to a release, Silva will compete under MMA
rules in future Rizin bouts.
Silva has not competed in mixed martial arts since March 2013 and
had entered into retirement prior to his signing with Bellator. The
Brazilian striker is
currently serving a three-year suspension from the Nevada
Athletic Commission and is not eligible for relicensure until May
2017. In January, Silva was
released from his UFC contract shortly after he apologized for
making accusations of fight fixing.