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Anderson Silva to face Michael Bisping in return from suspension in February at UFC London card

Anderson Silva waits for the start of a

Anderson Silva waits for the start of a middleweight fight against Nick Diaz during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Getty Images / Steve Marcus

LAS VEGAS — Anderson Silva will return to the UFC on Feb. 27 after finishing his one-year suspension for steroid use.

UFC President Dana White said Thursday the 40-year-old former middleweight champion will face Michael Bisping at the O2 Arena in London. Their bout will be telecast only on Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital subscription service.

Silva (33-6) reigned as the UFC’s 185-pound champion for nearly seven years until he lost twice to Chris Weidman in 2013, breaking his leg in the second bout.

Silva returned last Jan. 31 for a decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183, but was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for steroid use.

Bisping (27-7) and Silva both joined the UFC in 2006, but have never met in the cage.

New York Sports