After his defeat to Dan Henderson at UFC 100, Michael Bisping was originally scheduled to face Brazilian star Wanderlei Silva at UFC 105. In the end facial surgery ruled Silva out of the bout and Bisping went on to defeat his replacement Denis Kang at the event in Manchester, England.
Now Fighters Only Magazine are claiming that the fight between Bisping (18-2) and Silva (32-10-1(1)) may now be set to take place for the promotions first visit to Australia at UFC 110.
“Verbal agreements for the clash have been given, although Fighters Only understands that bout agreements are not yet drawn up. The fight will not be official until these are signed and returned by both men,” the site states
Wanderlei Silva is currently scheduled to face Japanese star Yoshihiro Akiyama at the event, but it appears that UFC officials have now cooled on that idea and have other plans for Silva. After watching his knockout defeat to Dan Henderson, and knockdown against Kang in his last encounters, Silva may well relish the chance to test his well established K.O power against the Brit as he seeks to get back to winning ways in the UFC.
For Bisping it is another potentially risky bout with a heavy handed striker. This should be familiar to him by now however having fought a string of K.O artists like Rashad Evans, Chris Leben, Dan Henderson and Denis Kang over the past two years.