UFC legend Anderson Silva will return to action against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 on February 11th in Brooklyn, New York.
The 41 year-old Silva’s hall-of-fame career has hit an extremely rough patch over the past few years in which he’s gone five fights without a win, been knocked out for the first time in his career, had his leg badly broken in a fight and been suspended for steroids.
It’s a drastic decline that no-one saw coming as prior to that Silva had racked up the longest title streak in UFC history, holding the middleweight title for some 2,457 days as he successfully defended the belt 10 times and recorded 16 victories in total.
Silva’s 2016 campaign began with a shock decision loss to Michael Bisping, but rather than looking for an easier fight next time out, the Brazilian star agreed to fight light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on just a couple of days notice at UFC 200, again losing by decision.
Now ‘The Spider’ will go up against Brunson, who not so long ago was enjoying a five-fight winning streak, but then suffered a first round TKO loss against Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 101 last November.
The inclusion of Silva on the UFC 208 brings some much needed star power to a card that’s set to be headlined by the promotion’s first ever woman’s featherweight title fight between Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie.
The PPV card will also feature the likes of Travis Browne Vs Derrick Lewis, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Vs Tim Boetsch and Glover Teixeira Vs Jared Cannonier.