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Anderson Silva says he's fighting Michael Bisping in Brazil next year

I'm not sure certain how many people bothered to tune in to "Eurasia Fight Nights" from the Ali Aliyev Sports Complex in Kaspiysk, Republic of Dagestan, Russia earlier today (Friday, Sept. 25, 2015), available exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

However, those who did watch were treated to an unexpected cameo appearance by Anderson Silva, the embattled former UFC middleweight champion who until earlier this year was widely considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

Silva is currently sitting out a one-year suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for steroids following his fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January.

Which I suppose gives him plenty of time to do things like fly out to Dagestan, Russia.

When interviewed by the Russian fight commentator about a next possible matchup (skip to the 11:30 mark in the video to hear for yourself), Silva seemed to be fairly positive about who he's fighting next and where it will take place.

According to "The Spider" he'll be ready to go again in April, 2016 in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, and will appear on the same card as heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. It's an interesting statement given that UFC has not set a date to visit Brazil in April, nor stated Werdum would be on the card.

UFC's managing director in Brazil, Giovani Decker, has said the organization [Portuguese link] would like to host an event in Curitiba's Arena da Baixada stadium of Athletico Paranaese, however nothing has been set in stone.

As for his opponent? Well, his answer was just as puzzling.

"I don't remember the name but I think it's Michael Bisping. I think, I don't know. Maybe," said Silva.

Honestly, it's difficult to tell exactly what Silva said. The interview was conducted at the worst possible time as the fighters were walking out to loud music and their microphones were clearly not calibrated properly for sound levels.

Bisping responded to the bizarre matchup on Twitter:


Silva also spoke about his trip to Russia and his enjoyment of the people and the fighters he'd met. The former champion later appeared inside the cage to hand a trophy to one of the Dagestani fighters who won his match.

So does this mean we'll definitely see Silva back inside the hallowed Octagon? He sure seems to think so.

"I'm waiting [to] get back. UFC give me one more chance. I think so."

If you missed Eurasia Fight Nights, the replay is available on Fight Pass and also features UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, who was interviewed more clearly and provided some color commentary on the fights.

Referee Herb Dean also made the trip to Mother Russia to work some of the fights. Meanwhile, fans of "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko can watch some of his training highlights, which are shown between fights.

Fans of Emelianenko won't have to wait quite so long to see him back in action, as the fighter recently announced his return from retirement to compete in the main event at an upcoming New Year's Eve event in Japan.

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