Anderson Silva is set for a return to the Octagon at UFC 234 in Australia

Anderson Silva

It's been a while since UFC fans have seen the legendary Anderson Silva step inside the Octagon.

The 'Spider' hasn't fought since February 2017, where he recorded a unanimous decision victory over Derek Brunson at UFC 208.

Before that he hadn't won in five bouts, the longest streak of its kind in his career - two losses to Chris Weidman [one after breaking his leg after checking a Weidman leg kick], a No Contest against Nick Diaz after a failed drugs test, and defeats to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier.

A rescheduled fight with Kevin Gastelum was scheduled for UFC Fight Night 122 last November, but just two weeks before the fight, Silva failed a USADA drug test and was pulled - receiving a one-year suspension this past July.

That was backdated to last October though, and he was free to resume competing again last month despite being a repeat offender, it's believed that he did not knowingly take the substance that was alleged.

Silva has now been pencilled in for a return fight with the UFC - and it could be an absolutely huge one.

UFC will go down under this coming February, as they return to Melbourne, Australia for UFC 234.

Anderson Silva is set to return to UFC action against Israel Adesanya at UFC 234

Gastelum will already challenge Robert Whittaker for his Middleweight championship, and they will be joined by the legend Silva and the new kid on the block - Israel Adesayna.

The 'Last Stylebender' earned a Performance of the Night bonus at UFC 230 with a devastating first round victory over Brunson, and some have compared his style of fighting and mannerisms to that of Silva.

At the age of 43, Silva is well past his prime legendary years, and squaring off against a younger, hungrier and talented fighter could end up really badly for the Brazilian.

But regardless of result and predictions, it's going to be a fight that no-one will want to miss.

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