Anderson Silva returns for UFC Fight Night 83

Anderson Silva (Twitter)
Anderson Silva (Twitter)

Cape Town - Former UFC middleweight champion and MMA legend, Anderson Silva is set to return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 83 on Feb. 27 in London.

He will meet the UK’s own Michael Bisping in the night’s main event. Bisping was originally set to face Gegard Mousasi but UFC president Dana White announced via twitter that Silva would now be Bisping’s opponent according to Nick Strickland of MMALatestNews.com.

Silva (33-6-1) is coming back after a year away from the sport due to a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The former champ tested positive for steroid metabolites before and after his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz last January.

The win over Diaz was overturned  into a no contest after the tests came back positive.

The 40-year-old Brazilian owns the record for most title defenses in UFC history with 10.

“I would love this fight to be in Brazil, but it’s going to be a pleasure to come back and face Michael Bisping at the sold out O2 Arena in London,” Silva told UFC.com.

“It's been awhile since i fought in London for the last time, and i'm really excited to be back. I believe this is going to be a big test so i can come back and go after a title shot.”

Bisping (27-7) has won his last two fights and is coming off a split decision win over Thales Leites in July.

Native to the UK Bisping has not fought on home soil since 2010, where he beat Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 120 in London.

Bisping has been a top middleweight contender for the past seven years but has never managed to earn himself a title shot.

Just hours after the fight was announced, the brash Brit sent a verbal jab to Silva via twitter. Referring to Silva’s failed drug test, “Just leave the viagra out of it!”, Bisping making fun of argument that Silva’s lawyer brought into the NAC hearing in August that the cause of the failed UFC 183 test was due to a tainted sexual enhancement supplement.

Silva and Bisping are both undefeated in London. The Brazilian went 4-0 from 2004-2006 under the Cage Rage promotional banner, defending his 185-pound title three times.

Bisping who also fought under the Cage Rage banner and was the light heavyweight champion is 5-0 in the English Capital.

FIGHT CARD: (Bout order not set)

Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping

Mike Wilkinson vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Norman Parke vs. Rustam Khabilov

Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura

Brad Pickett vs. Henry Briones

David Grant vs. Marlon Vera

Arnold Allen vs. Yaotzin Meza

Bradley Scott vs. Krzysztof Jotko

Scott Askham vs. Chris Dempsey

David Teymur vs. Martin Svensson

Teemu Packalen vs. Lukasz Sajewski

Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Jarjis Danho

Jimi Manuwa vs. Nikita Krylov

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