A middleweight showdown between Wanderlei Silva and Michael Bisping is reportedly in the works to headline UFC 105, which takes place on November 14 in Manchester, England.
The rumored fight was first reported on Thursday by MMABay, which is one of the sponsors of The Wolfslair where Bisping trains, citing sources close to Silva’s camp in Las Vegas.
The former PRIDE champion Silva (32-10-1) has won just once in his last six fight and has a 1-3 UFC record since returning to the Octagon in late-2007. “The Axe Murderer” ended his PRIDE career with back-to-back losses to Mirko “Cro Cop” and Dan Henderson before returning to the UFC with a loss to Chuck Liddell. After a 38-second knockout of Keith Jardine, Silva has dropped two-straight to Quinton Jackson, and, most-recently in June, Rich Franklin. If confirmed, the fight would be Silva’s first at 185-pounds after previously fighting primarily in the 205-pound light heavyweight division.
Bisping (17-2) won 14-straight fights to begin his career, including UFC victories over Josh Haynes, Eric Schafer, Elvis Sinosic, and Matt Hamill, before suffering his first career loss to Rashad Evans in late-2007. The UK-star then dropped to middleweight, where he won three-straight over Charles McCarthy, Jason Day, and Chris Leben, before battling fellow-contender earlier this month at UFC 100, where he suffered a brutal second-round knockout loss.
UFC 105, which takes place at the MEN Arena in Manchester, is also slated to include UK fighters James Wilks and Ross Pearson, welterweight and lightweight winners on The Ultimate Fighter 9, as well as Terry Etim and is rumored to air for free in the US on Spike TV.
[Pictured: Wanderlei Silva]