Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping Headlines UFC London Card on Fight Pass

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 24, 2015

UFC Fight Pass will have its biggest headliner ever on Feb. 27.

UFC President Dana White announced on Thursday that Anderson Silva will face Michael Bisping when the Las Vegas-based promotion travels to the O2 Arena in London for a Fight Night event. The card will air in its entirety on Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital streaming platform. Bisping was originally scheduled to face Gegard Mousasi in a featured middleweight bout; the UFC is currently searching for a new opponent for Mousasi.

Silva tested positive for two different anabolic steroids – drostanolone metabolites and androstane -- during a UFC 183 pre-fight drug test. “The Spider” also tested positive for oxazepam, which is used to relieve anxiety, and temazepam, an anti-insomnia medication, in a post-fight urine test administered on Jan. 31. In addition, the former middleweight champ again tested positive for drostanolone metabolites.

The Brazilian blamed his failed steroid test on a tainted sexual enhancement drug but was suspended for one year and fined $380,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission. His five-round verdict over Nick Diaz was overturned to a no contest. Silva’s suspension will officially end on Jan. 31. The 40-year-old fighter’s last victory came at UFC 153, when he stopped Stephan Bonnar inside of a round.

Bisping, 36, has won three of his last four Octagon appearances. The Englishman last appeared at UFC Fight Night in Scotland on July 18, when he captured a five-round split verdict over Thales Leites. In his other 2015 bout, “The Count” outpointed C.B. Dollaway at UFC 186.


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