So the previously scheduled (for UFC 105) bout between MMA legend Wanderlei Silva and British star Michael Bisping is back on. The battle will now take place at UFC 110, which will be the promotion’s first trip to Australia.
This match-up comes with a bit of history and turn of events, as we’ve detailed here at 6th-Round.com. Let’s take a quick look at the timeline of how Mr. Silva and Bisping ended up opposite one another for the Oz trip, mates.
July 23rd, 2009 – Michael Bisping possibly facing Wanderlei Silva at UFC 105
August 19th, 2009 – Potential replacements for Wanderlei Silva at UFC 105 against Michael Bisping
August 21st, 2009 – UFC 105 update: Bisping vs. Kang, Hardy vs. Kim slated for main card
October 14th, 2009 – Yoshihiro Akiyama confirms early 2010 fight with Wanderlei Silva
Take a deep breath, buckle up, and hear the following:
As you’ll see, Bisping was facing a tough return after his KO loss to Henderson, by way of a UFC 105 match-up with Wandy. The Brazilian underwent scar tissue and nasal surgery, thus canceling his availability to knockout, I mean, fight the Brit as planned.
Soon after, we crafted a list of potential replacements which included the eventual Denis Kang. Fast forward a few weeks later and Japanese sensation/recent UFC signee (now 1-0 w/ promotion) Yoshihiro Akiyama stated his sexiness would hook ’em up with Wand in Sydney at 110.
Thanks to a slow-healing elbow surgery undergone by middleweight champ Anderson Silva, the desired title defense against Vitor Belfort at UFC 108/109 has been on the rocks. With uncertainty there and the show in need of a headlining fight, Akiyama was pulled from the Wanderlei match and put on reserve to melt the clothes off the live audience opposite Vitor, should he actually need to fight.
With all that being said, Wanderlei vs. Mike makes for a good headlining match for UFC 110 and we look forward to the action.