Former longtime UFC Middleweight Champion and widely considered the GOAT of mixed martial arts, Anderson “Spider” Silva (33-6-1) is currently serving a year long suspension from the NSAC after testing positive for drostanalone and androsterone after his UFC 183 main event unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz. Following the suspension the NSAC also overturned the ruling of the fight into a No-Contest. In the same bout Diaz tested positive for marijuana and is serving a 5 year ban from the sport.
However Silva is already looking forward to a return to the UFC and has his sights set out on a possible and formidable opponent to welcome him back to the octagon. Silva was a guest star of Eurasia Fight Night and was asked about his return, here’s what he said:
“I think I’m fighting in April next year in Brazil in my city Curitiba on the same card as (Fabricio) Werdum,” Silva said. “The people talk for my next opponent is, I don’t remember the name, but I think it’s Michael Bisping. I think, I don’t know.”
Michael Bisping (27-7) on the other hand had no clue that his name would be brought up to face the Brazilian bad boy and spoke how he was dumbfounded on Fox Sports last Friday.
“It’s funny, I was in the car driving up to L.A. and a friend of mine just texted that picture as I was driving and I was like, ‘Oh, really?’ I had no idea,” Bisping said. “Apparently he thinks we’re fighting! I found it very amusing.”
It’s no secret that the Brit Bisping has been wanting a fight with Silva for a long time now and even though Silva’s overturned decision over Diaz is disheartening, Michael would still love a scrap with The Spider.
“Anderson is an absolute legend. Of course, the whole thing is a little bit tainted now because of the positive drug test so it’s not the burning desire it once was. But that said, it has peaked my interest shall we say,” Bisping said.
“I will call the UFC and say, ‘Listen if they want to do it, then f— it, I’m in’.”
Michael has won 3 of his last 4, sending Cung Le into retirement after a TKO :57 seconds into Round 4 at UFC Fight Night 48 and two straight decision victories over C.B. Holloway at UFC 186 and Thales Leites in the main event of UFC Fight Night 72.