Wanderlei Silva has ended his retirement and plans to compete under the Bellator banner.
Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC) last fought in 2013 before appearing as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 against long-time rival Chael Sonnen. Leading up to his bout with Sonnen, Silva was given a lifetime ban by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after fleeing from a random drug test. A year later, the MMA pioneer officially announced his retirement.
Since then, Wanderlei had made several accusations against the UFC, including a claim that they were fixing fights and that he had proof. In January 2016, Wanderlei made an official apology for his comments and was subsequently released from his UFC contract.
It was announced on Wednesday that Silva had signed a multi-fight, multi-year deal with Bellator with no exact date for a debut in sight. Silva, whose lifetime ban by the NSAC had been overturned, will be allowed to compete in early 2017. No potential opponents have been mentioned, either.