The Spider is back.

On Thursday afternoon, UFC President Dana White took to Twitter to announce former UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound kingpin Anderson Silva will make his return to the Octagon against Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 83 in London.

Silva (34-6)  is currently serving a suspension for a failed an out-of-competition drug test administrated by the NSAC ahead of his UFC 183 bout against Nick Diaz.  It was later revealed, Silva also failed his post-fight drug test after testing positive for drostanolone again as well as the anti-anxiety medication Oxazepam and Temazepam. His suspension is scheduled to end in late January.

The Brazilian currently holds several UFC records including the longest win streak in UFC history (16), which included a UFC title reign that lasted a company record six years, eight months and 22 days. But what’s even more amazing is that during his reign as the 185-pound champion, all but two of Silva’s wins came by way TKO, KO or submission.

Bisping (27-7), winner of season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter, is currently tied with Silva for the third most wins in UFC history (17). In his most recent fight, the brash-talking Englishman was seen extending his win streak to two straight with a unanimous decision win over Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 72. He was expected to return against Robert Whittaker at UFC 193 before an injury forced him out off the card. Prior to his over Leites, “The Counted” picked up hard-fought decision win over C.B. Dollaway at UFC 185 in April. Bisping will enter this fight with 191 career stoppage wins, including 15 by (T)KO.

UFC Fight Night 83 is currently scheduled to take place February 27 at the 02 Arena in London. The entire even will stream live on UFC Fight Pass

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