Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will face Michael Bisping on Feb. 27 in London, UFC announced Thursday.
Silva has not fought since UFC 183 in January, after which it was revealed Silva had failed multiple drug tests for steroids. The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Silva for one year in August, and changed his January win over Nick Diaz to a no contest.
Silva has maintained his innocence since the suspension. His lawyers claimed a tainted sexual performance enhancing drug was the reason for the two positive tests.
Silva, 40, is one of the most accomplished fighters in UFC history. He won his first 16 bouts in the UFC before losing to Chris Weidman in July 2013. Silva had a record 10 straight title defenses before losing to Weidman.
Silva lost to Weidman again in December 2013, breaking his leg during the fight. Silva’s January bout with Diaz was his first fight since the injury.