You know what they say about one man's trash...
After getting the boot from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in late 2014, light heavyweight slugger Thiago Silva will make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) under the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) banner, beginning with a 205-pound bangfest opposite Ronny Markes.
They'll join UFC import Matt Hamill and a fighter to be named in a light heavyweight tournament to crown a division champion, which gets underway March 28, 2015. A venue has yet to be finalized, but the event is expected to air on NBC Sports Network.
WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz explains his decision to MMA Fighting:
"I've talked to a lot of guys in his camp. Everyone talks about his character. I'm lucky enough to know a little more about the situation with his ex-wife, and I feel comfortable with this. If the judge didn't convict him, why should we convict him? He's of the top light heavyweights in the world. We can give him an opportunity and a platform to showcase his skills."
Silva hasn't competed since huffing and puffing his way past the aforementioned Hamill back in Oct. 2013.
That's because the Brazilian was fired, re-hired, then fired again following the domestic fiasco with his ex-wife, Thaysa Kamiji. Silva was cleared of any wrongdoing after his shocking arrest, but Kamiji posted videos that appeared to capture Silva brandishing a weapon, part of the original police report, and UFC decided he wasn't worth the trouble.
We'll see if he can prove them wrong in his new home this March.