A long rumored Strikeforce signing appears to have finally went through according to a new report on sherdog.com.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is believed to have put pen to paper on a 16 month, multi-fight deal with the promotion today, Loretta Hunt revealed.

Arlovski has fought for the promotion once before back in June of 2009 against Brett Rogers, who knocked the Belarusian out just 22 seconds into the opening round. It marked the fighter’s second loss in a row, having fallen to another current Strikeforce heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, at an Affliction event in January of the same year.

Despite that the 31 year old remains a credible contender and carries more name recognition than many of the other fighters currently lurking in the promotions heavyweight division.

He is expected to be put into action on a May 15th Strikeforce card opposite Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva who suffered a decision loss to Fabricio Werdum in his last outing for the company.

Meanwhile Jake Shields today confirmed on twitter that his bout with Dan Henderson will be the headline bout for Strikeforce’s April 17th event which will be broadcast live for free via CBS.

In addition he stated that Gegard Mousasi Vs Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal will also feature on the main card along with other bouts still to be confirmed.