The former UFC heavyweight champ, Andrei Arlovski, announced today on his official website that he has signed a 16-month, multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. He is expected to fight Antonio Silva, former EliteXC titleholder on Strikeforce’s May 15th event.

The fight against Silva was first announced on Sherdog and was confirmed later by a source close to Silva, who stated that the bout will be on the event’s main card.

Arlovski will be fighting for Strikeforce for the first time since his loss against Brett Rogers via TKO in June of 2009.