* Originally posted on February 27, 2016
The long awaited return of former middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in the main event of UFC Fight Night 84. The event comes to us from The O2 in London, England. Silva looks to return to his old form after a year long suspension after he failed drug tests after his victory over Nick Diaz back in February of 2015. The win was changed to a no-contest after failed drug tests from Diaz. Meanwhile, Michael Bisping looks to continue a two fight win streak and make good on a long time goal of beating the “Spider.”
No one knows what to expect from Silva. He’s really only lost two fights, both to former champion Chris Weidman. He was unimpressive in his return from a broken leg against Nick Diaz, perhaps returning too soon. It’d be crazy to think we’re going to get the Anderson Silva of five years ago, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we saw a much better version of “The Spider” than we saw in the Weidman and Diaz fights.
Michael Bisping is coming off two uninspired decision wins over C.B Dolloway and Thales Leites. He wears his heart on his sleeve which often gets him in trouble. I think in order for Bisping to pull off the upset he has to be on top of his game and Silva’s skills will need to have deteriorated greatly.
The co-main event features Middleweights Thales Leites taking on former Strikeforce Champion Gegard Mousasi. The other two fights are Welterweights Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura and Bantamweights Brad Pickett vs. Francisco Rivera – who steps in on short notice for Henry Briones.
Anderson Silva (33-6) vs. Michael Bisping (28-7). Current Line: Silva -260, Bisping +215 Pick: Silva by TKO
Thales Leites (25-5) vs. Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2). Current Line: Mousasi -365, Leites +275 Pick: Mousasi by decision
Tom Breese (9-0) vs. Keita Nakamura (31-6-2). Current Line: Breese -1100, Nakamura +650 Pick: Breese by TKO
Brad Pickett (25-11) vs. Francisco Rivera (11-5). Current Line: Rivera -155, Pickett +135 Pick: Pickett by decision
Enjoy the fights!
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