Silva said that he is looking forward to getting back into the Octagon, as he has not fought since June, after losing to Rich Franklin at UFC 99. Bisping's last fight came at UFC 105, in November, where he scored a victory over Denis Kang.
The fight at UFC 110 will mark the first time that Silva will fight in the middleweight division. For most of his career, he fought in the light-heavyweight division. He was a big proponent of developing a catchweight of 195 pounds, and his fight against Franklin took place at this weight. However, when he fights Bisping, they will both weigh in at about 185 pounds.
Silva said that he has been training very hard for this match up, and recognized his "responsibility to my fans around the world. I'm gonna give you the fight my fans want to see."
Silva's message for Bisping was to train hard for their fight, because Bisping will be stepping into the Octagon with the best Silva in a long time. Silva said that he is in the best shape he has been in and that his conditioning has improved as well.
UFC 110 will take place on Feb. 21 in Sydney, Australia, with the headlining bout of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez. Other rumored bouts include: Mirko Filipovic vs. Ben Rothwell; Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine; Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski; C.B. Dollaway vs. Goran Reljic; Chris Haseman vs. Elvis Sinosic; and James Te Huna vs. Igor Pokrajac