Michael Bisping was already se to face off with Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night 83 at the O2 Arena in London, England, but the card was never announced for a headlining bout. Obviously, it could have been very easy for that fight to slide into the main spot, but it seemed like the promotion was waiting for something bigger. It might have been that they were trying to set up the Silva and Vitor Belfort fight for the card, but it never happened and no one knows why. Well, Silva is going to be not he card and he will finally face off with Michael Bisping.
The biggest thing about the bout being on this card is that it will be on fight pass, but then again it is the way to get people to sign up for the service and neither of these two fighters are really anywhere near a title shot. Silva has two straight losses to Chris Weidman and followed that up with a no-contest over Nick Diaz where he failed a drug test for most likely steroids. He will return a month after his year suspension from the failed test. Bisping himself is riding a two fight winning streak for the first time in years.
He has wins over CB Dollaway and Thales Leites. He was supposed to take on Robert Whittaker a month or so ago, but the bout never came to fruition due to Bisping puling out for an elbow surgery. Before those two wins, he had gone 3-4 with his wins coming over three fighters that are currently not in the UFC anymore. Now, he has a chance to get his biggest win of his career over the former kingpin of the Middleweight division and even though his star has dimmed it would be a huge feather in the cap for the British born fighter who does not have many years left in the promotion before retiring.
It also seems that Gegard Mousasi will remain on the card even though a replacement fighter has not been announced. The rest of the car dis filled out with some semi-well known fighters but no one of worth to the prospect of challenging for a belt in any of there respective divisions. Is anyone actually excited by this bout though?