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Exclusive: Antonio Silva and Murilo “Ninja” Rua sign long-term extensions with EliteXC

ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) was informed by EliteXC officials Friday afternoon that Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Murilo “Ninja” Rua have signed long-term extensions with the promotion.

Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The signing of Silva comes in light of a report in this week’s print edition of The Wrestling Observer newsletter in which it was claimed UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva said during a Q&A session prior to UFC 78 that Silva had two remaining fights on his existing EliteXC contract. According to the report, he added that the UFC would have interest when Antonio Silva became available.

Silva returned to action following an eight month layoff during EliteXC’s most recent show in November. He improved his record to 9-1 following a first round submission via rear naked choke against Jonathan Wiezorek.

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4 COMMENTS
  • Dizzle says:

    sweet deal for Elite XC. I like the idea of having Silva be there. I’ve been impressed with all of his fights, and I was wondering what had happened to him then I soon found out that he had some kind of Brain Tumor.

    Silva was down to like 265 last time he fought and I think that’s the max limit for heavyweights. I think the last time he fought was in Super Heavyweight. Not too sure, but I remember it was a first round finish.

  • Evan says:

    Ok, so thats 5 long term contracts they have now?

    Kimbo
    Nick
    Shields

    and these two.

    Awesome.

    And Gina is fight to fight right?

  • hbdale309 says:

    I hope EXC and M1 can set up Antonio vs. Fedor some time in 2008. I think he would defeat Fedor, but either way, Silva has a much better chance than Rizzo or Monson.

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