Some folks might not see Anderson Silva as viable contender for the middleweight championship at this stage of his career, but the legend clearly doesn’t see it that way.
If you missed it over the holiday break, the UFC has announced that Silva will take on Michael Bisping in the headliner for UFC Fight Night 83. The card will go down on February 27th at London’s o2 Arena.
When the bout takes place, Silva won’t have fought in over a year, due to the one year suspension he was handed several months back. The former middleweight champ tested positive for PEDs after he faced Nick Diaz this past January.
“I would love it if the fight were to happen in Brazil, but it will be a pleasure to come back and fight Michael Bisping in London, at the O2 Arena.“It has been a long time since I last fought in London and I’m really excited to come back. I believe it will be a huge test so I can go after a title shot.”
It’s going to be fascinating to see how Silva looks, and whether in fact, he can make a title run in 2016. Since “The Spider” turns 41 in April, and because he broke his leg in 2013, how huge would it be if he could in fact reclaim the title?
It’s also a huge bout for Bisping. If the soon to be 37 year-old loses to Silva at UFC FN 83, it would be a huge setback for his hopes to challenge for the title at some juncture. Bisping is currently ranked #7 at 185.