For Michael Bisping, homecoming fights are always a special treat.
Throw in the fact that “The Count” is taking on Anderson Silva Saturday at UFC Fight Night 84, and it is easy to see why Bisping is so excited.
The contest will air on UFC Fight Pass from the O2 Arena in London. It marks the first time Bisping (27-7) has been scheduled to fight there since defeating Yoshihiro Akiyama six years ago this October.
“Anderson Silva is the biggest opponent I’ve faced,” Bisping said earlier this week following open workouts (credit to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “Outside of a world title fight, this is the biggest fight that is available to me right now. It certainly feels like that.
“I feel the buzz – I feel the hype – and I’ve trained accordingly.”
After suffering a submission loss to Luke Rockhold, now the UFC middleweight champion, in 2014, Bisping got back on track with decision victories vs. C.B. Dollaway and Thales Leites last year. Overall, he is 5-3 in his last eight, losing also to Tim Kennedy and Vitor Belfort.
“My first fight back in London,” he added. “It’s a huge event. It’s probably the biggest opponent to date (for me).”