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Former UFC middleweight champions Anderson Silva
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London calling for Anderson Silva's UFC return
The former UFC middleweight champion will make his return from a doping ban in a bout with Michael Bisping.

ANDERSON SILVA WILL complete his return to the UFC in a bout with Michael Bisping following a 12-month ban for steriod use.

The Brazilian, considered one of the greatest MMA fighters in history, defeated Nick Diaz by unanimous decision on 31 January.

However, the 40-year-old had failed a drugs test before the fight in Las Vegas and was subsequently handed a one-year ban and had the result of the fight changed to a no-contest.

Silva will take part in his first fight since the suspension when he takes on Bisping on 27 February at the O2 Arena in London.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the fight via Twitter:

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Silva, who holds the UFC record for consecutive title defences with 10, briefly considered trying out for his country’s Taekwondo at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Bisping’s record is 27-7 in MMA and 17-7 in UFC fights, with the English fighter having overcome the likes of Cung Le, Brian Stann and Chris Leben during his career.

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