Anderson Silva will be eligible to return to the cage starting in February of 2016, and with the UFC returning to Brazil on March 5 for UFC 197, he wants to take part on that card.
According to UFC SVP in Brazil Giovani Decker, Silva would like his return fight to happen in Brazil, though nothing has been put together for the card just yet.
“There’s nothing set,” Decker said at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 77 post-fight press conference (via MMAJunkie.com). “I think it’s another wish of Anderson’s to fight in Brazil; I think every fighter has that wish.
“We’ve been able to change the way that the fighters are dealing with Brazil. There’s great synergy here with the fighters. I think it’s a desire that [Silva] has got, more than anything is defined and anything is set.”
Penick’s Analysis: Silva returning in Brazil just makes sense, no matter who it’s against. Given the disgrace of the drug test failure and his ridiculous defense with the Nevada commission, he’s likely wanting to be in a spot where he’ll have some more crowd support. The Brazilian crowd is likely to be a lot more welcoming to Silva upon his return than fans in some other spots might be, and it would simply work for them for this Rio pay-per-view.
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