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Anderson Silva wants Brazil fight in June to celebrate 20th career anniversary

Former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, wants to give fans a present on his 20th career anniversary

MMA: UFC 200-Cormier vs Silva
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Away from the Octagon since a short notice bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, resulting in a unanimous decision loss, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva wants to perform for his fans at least once more. This around, though, for a very special occasion.

As the 41-year old Silva explained to Combate, he'll have his 20th career anniversary in June, and wants to celebrate it by competing in the Octagon, in Brazil.

"There's nothing confirmed. I talked to my managers this week. I might fight in June or July in Brazil, I'm waiting to see what happens. It's 20 years fighting. It's a great feeling to still be competing to this day. I hope I can make this fight happen in Brazil and give this present to my fans."

As for possible opponents, Silva revealed he would still welcome a rematch with Michael Bisping, whom he believes he knocked out when they first met in February 2016.

"Fighting Bisping is something I would really like. I deserve to fight him for the belt, for all I did for the sport. It won't change my life if it doesn't happen, though. Ronaldo Jacare is a guy who's waiting in line for a long time, for this chance. Business wise, though, a fight between Bisping and myself would sell very well. Sports wise, Jacare should fight him. I'm rooting for him to get that title shot. If he doesn't and I get the chance, of course I'll take it, but I wouldn't keep the title. I would win it and vacate it, for sure. I would leave the division and move up or even down a weight class. When I'm training, my weight goes down by a lot. I have manage make 170, so we'll wait and see."

Anderson Silva has been winless in his last five outings, suffering losses to Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier, while also having a decision win over Nick Diaz overturned after he tested positive for performance enhancing substances. His last win was a TKO of Stephan Bonnar, in October 2012.

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