A heavyweight fight between Frank Mir and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva has been announced for UFC 184 on February 28th in Los Angeles.

By the time fight night arrives it’ll have been a year since Mir last set foot in the Octagon where he found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision against Alistair Overeem.

That was the 35 year-old Mir’s fourth defeat in a row, having also lost to top contenders like Junior dos Santos, Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett prior to that which has resulted in the former champion sliding almost completely out of the rankings at No.13.

Silva has also struggled to get into the win column of late, being stopped by strikes in the first round by both Cain Velasquez and Andrei Arlovski while heading to a majority draw with Mark Hunt – one of the best fights of last year which was later tarnished when ‘Bigfoot’ tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone resulting in a lengthy suspension.

After his last fight in September, Silva successfully underwent surgery to remove a tumor on his pituitary gland and the No.8 ranked heavyweight is now ready to resume his career and get back to winning ways.

Mir Vs Silva adds to an already strong looking UFC 184 main card that will feature two title fights, with Chris Weidman defending his middleweight belt against Vitor Belfort, while Ronda Rousey looks for her fifth successful UFC bantamweight title defense against Cat Zingano.

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