Anderson Silva returns to face Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Brooklyn

BY Damon Martin • January 13, 2017

Anderson Silva will make his return to action on short notice when he faces Derek Brunson in a middleweight bout just added to UFC 208 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

UFC officials announced the new matchup on Friday.

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Silva has never been the kind of fighter to shy away from a challenge, and with UFC 208 in need of another big fight, the former middleweight champion stepped up to the plate.

This fight will give Silva a lot more time to prepare than his last trip to the Octagon, when he faced light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 — a bout he accepted on just two days' notice after Jon Jones was pulled from the card when he failed a drug test.

Silva ultimately lost a unanimous decision, which unfortunately dropped his record to 0-4 with one no contest over his past five bouts.

Now the legendary former champion will look to get back on track while facing a top-10 middleweight with serious finishing power.

Brunson has gone 7-2 since joining the UFC roster with four knockouts over his past five wins in the promotion. Though Brunson is coming off a setback with a loss to Robert Whittaker in a "Fight of the Night" effort in Australia this past November.

Now the heavy-handed former college wrestler will attempt to get back into the win column — while looking to add a future Hall of Famer like Silva to his resume.

Silva vs. Brunson is the latest addition to the UFC 208 card on Feb. 11, which is headlined by the first-ever women's featherweight title fight between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.



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