WATCH: Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping in heated staredown at UFC weigh-in
MANILA, Philippines – The stage is set for the marquee match-up between former middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping as both fighters made weight for their 5-round encounter in the UFC Fight Night 84 headliner on Sunday, February 28 (PH Time).
Silva met the allowable non-title middleweight limit of 186 pounds, while Bisping tipped on the scales at exactly 185 pounds to receive the green light.
When the two went face-to-face on center stage, Silva and Bisping exchanged heated words and had to be separated by UFC president Dana White.
Recognized by many as the greatest mixed martial arts competitor, Silva (33-6, 1 NC) was last seen inside the Octagon when he scored a lopsided decision victory over Nick Diaz in January of this year.
However, Silva’s unanimous decision win over Diaz was overturned to a no contest by the Nevada State Athletic Commission when multiple banned substances were found in the 40-year-old Brazilian’s system.
On the other hand, Bisping (27-7) has won 3 of his last 4 UFC appearances and last competed in July 2015 when he scored a 5-round split decision triumph over Thales Leites.
The 37-year-old Englishman has the fight that he wanted for years and gets it in front of a partisan crowd as the bout against Silva takes place at his backyard of The O2 in London, United Kingdom. – Rappler.com