Retirement will have to wait for another day for 41-year-old Anderson Silva (pictured). On Friday, UFC president Dana White announced via Twitter that Silva will look to snap his four-fight losing streak against Derek Brunson At UFC 208.
The February 11 takes place inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Silva was most recently seen dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight affair at UFC 200. Silva accepted the July bout on just three days’ notice after Jon Jones was forced out of his rematch with Cormier after flunking a drug test.
Sandwiched between Silva’s four straight losses is a no contest to Nick Diaz. The former UFC middleweight king initially beat Diaz at UFC 183, but failed his drug test courtesy of a mysterious blue vial from Thailand that was supposed to help his sexual performance.
Silva was subsequently slapped with a one-year suspension.
The last time Silva won a bout was all the way back in 2012 when he made Stephan Bonnar look absolutely silly at UFC 153. That seems like eons ago.
Brunson, meanwhile, had rattled off five consecutive victories before getting TKO’d by Robert Whittaker in November.
Here is the card’s current lineup:
Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro
Randy Brown vs. George Sullivan
Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery
Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller
Jared Cannonier vs. Glover Teixeira
Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souaza vs. Tim Boetsch
Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson
Germaine de Randamie vs. Holly Holm (for inaugural women’s featherweight title)