Former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva will return to the octagon on February 9 in Melbourne to taking on rising star Israel Adesanya.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news just moments ago on Twitter.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 25, 2018
“Breaking: Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya headed to UFC 234 on Feb. 9 in Melbourne.” – Brett Okamoto
Anderson Silva recently completed his USADA suspension which stemmed from a failed drug test in the lead up to his scheduled fight with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai.
USADA deemed Silva’s positive drug test, which was collected on October 26, 2017, a result of a contaminated supplement.
The test flagged Anderson Silva for having both methyltestosterone metabolites and hydrochlorothiazide in his system.
“The Spider” has not competed since February of 2017, when he defeated Derek Brunson via decision at UFC 208.
As for Israel Adesanya, “Stylebender” recently competed earlier this month at UFC 230 where he scored a first-round TKO victory over the aforementioned Derek Brunson.
Israel Adesanya will enter his bout with Anderson Silva sporting a perfect professional record of 15-0.
The 29-year-old has gone 4-0 during his 9-month career with the UFC.
UFC 234 takes place February 9 in Melbourne, Australia. The event is headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring reigning division champion Robert Whittaker taking on surging contender Kelvin Gastelum.
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