Anderson Silva has said that he is brimming with confidence ahead of his comeback fight against Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84 in London on Saturday.
The former UFC middleweight champion recently completed a one-year suspension for testing positive for banned substances after his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January 2015.
Bisping has had a lot to say about Silva’s history of failed drug tests in the lead-up to the fight, and the Brazilian is now aiming to silence Bisping and mark his return to the Octagon with a win.
The form guide is against Silva though, as he will be heading into the fight on the back of consecutive defeats to ex-middleweight champion Chris Weidman and a no contest ruling against Diaz. Bisping on the other hand is on a two-fight winning streak, having beaten C.B. Dollaway and Thales Leites.
Even though Bisping seems to have the upper hand on paper, Silva is confident that he will have his hand raised at the end of the fight.
“I’m very confident,” he told reporters. “I trained hard for one year and I’ve trained hard for a long time in my life.
“(And on) Saturday I’m going to win. Because I came here to win.”
Meanwhile, the 40-year-old admitted that he is excited to be fighting in London for the first time since April 2006 and promised to put on a show for the fans at the O2 Arena on Saturday.
“I’m very excited (to be back in London),” he said. “I’m very happy because the people here have great heart and I have big fans in the UK. I’m so happy. I’m very, very excited for the fight on Saturday.”