UFC Fight Night 51 has found its headliner, with heavyweights Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva and Andrei Arlovski set to rematch in a five round main event. The two first met at a Strikeforce event in May 2010, with Silva winning a unanimous decision. Since that fight, Silva has gone 4-3-1 and competed for the UFC title, while Arlovski has gone 7-2 (1 NC). Combate were first to report the bout, which is yet to be confirmed by UFC officials.
Bigfoot Silva will make his return after a Fight of the Year candidate in his draw with Mark Hunt, a fight in which Silva subsequently failed a drug test. Though the suspension from the aforementioned test has been a reason for his inactivity, Bigfoot has also had a number of injury setbacks, including two surgeries.
A former heavyweight title contender, Silva has gone 2-2-1 inside the Octagon, though his two wins have come over top competition in Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne. Ranked #4 in the heavyweight division, Silva will look to win his first in three when he meets Andrei Arlovski for the second time.
Now 35, Andrei Arlovski appeared inside the Octagon for the first time since 2008, defeating Brendan Schaub in a performance that left a lot to be desired. With three wins in a row and just one loss in eight, Arlovski’s record is impressive and somewhat excuses the big step-up in competition. Currently ranked #14 at heavyweight, a win over Bigfoot could catapult the Belarusian into the top 10 of a wide open heavyweight division.
UFC Fight Night 51 will be held at Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil on September 13. Thusfar, Arlovski vs. Bigfoot is the only confirmed bout for the card, with many more to be announced in the weeks leading up to the event. The two will compete in a five round heavyweight contest, with Arlovski looking to avenge his decision loss from over four years ago.