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UFC President Dana White announced the middleweight matchup via Twitter on Friday. UFC 208 takes place at the Barclays Center on February 11 and will see Holly Holm square off against Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural women’s featherweight title.
Silva last appeared at UFC 200 , filling in for Jon Jones against Daniel Cormier after Jones was pulled from the contest due to an anti-doping violation. “The Spider” lose a lopsided unanimous verdict to Cormier in a non-title bout, making him winless in five Octagon appearances since stopping Stephan Bonnar via first-round technical knockout at UFC 153.
Brunson, had a five-fight winning streak snapped at UFC Fight Night 101, when he was stopped in the first stanza by Robert Whittaker. Four of Brunson’s previous five victories occurred via first-round KO/TKO.
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