The UFC Fight Night 84 headliner is a fight that has been years in the making. Michael Bisping has long wanted it, and so has Anderson Silva. Following Friday’s weigh-in event in London, the Silva vs. Bisping five-round middleweight clash will finally happen.
Silva (33-6, 1 NC) is returning to the Octagon, looking to put the past couple years of strife behind him. He lost his UFC middleweight championship to Chris Weidman in the summer of 2013. A few months later, he suffered a horrific broken leg. A year later, Silva returned and defeated Nick Diaz, only to test positive for steroids.
Now, after serving a 12-month suspension for his anti-doping policy violations, Silva climbs back in the cage at 40 years of age, ready to prove that he hasn’t lost a step.
Always the bride’s maid and never the bride, Bisping (27-7) has been chomping at the bit to fight Silva for the better part of his career, albeit he would rather have fought Silva when the Brazilian held the belt.
Having alternated between wins and losses for the past few years, Bisping is currently the owner of back-to-back victories and would like nothing more than to add Silva to his hit list, as it would surely go a long way towards putting him into title contention.
After making weight, Silva and Bisping literally went forehead to forehead as they squared off for photographers. Bisping was immediately in Silva’s face, heatedly saying something, Silva just shaking his head in return, as UFC president Dana White stepped in to separate them.
Silva was fairly calm afterward, saying in a brief interview that he believes he’s got another title run in him. “I think so. I go working hard for this one. I think this fight is good for me, it’s good for Bisping. Let’s go. Let’s go.”
Bisping, however, was quite worked up, thanking the crowd before targeting Silva for his anti-doping infractions. “This man is a cheat. This man is a fraud. I will make you pay for your mistakes tomorrow night my friend. All the needles in your ass. All the steroids will not help you, you (expletive)!”
The UFC Fight Night 84 co-main event features another pivotal middleweight bout. Thales Leites recently had a long winning streak ended by Bisping, while Gegard Mousasi is coming off of a loss to Uriah Hall. Each man is looking to right the ship when they meet immediately before Silva and Bisping on Saturday in London.
UFC Fight Night 84: Silva vs. Bisping Weigh-in Results
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Anderson Silva (186) vs. Michael Bisping (185)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Thales Leites (186)
Tom Breese (171) vs. Keita Nakamura (170)
Francisco Rivera (136) vs. Brad Pickett (136)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Mike Wilkinson (145) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (145)
Davey Grant (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)
Scott Askham (185) vs. Chris Dempsey (185)
Arnold Allen (145) vs. Yaotzin Meza (144)
Brad Scott (184) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (186)
Norman Parke (155) vs. Rustam Khabilov (155)
Daniel Omielańczuk (254) vs. Jarjis Danho (261)
Teemu Packalen (156) vs. Thibault Gouti (155)
David Teymur (155) vs. Martin Svensson (154)