According to ESPN via Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White late on Wednesday, former middleweight king Silva (34-8, 1 NC) will compete in his native country of Brazil against former heavyweight-turned-middleweight Jared Cannonier (11-4). They will lock horns at UFC 237 this May at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Cannonier made his successful debut at 185 pounds last November at UFC 230, where the Alaskan knocked out David Branch in the second round. With a record of 4-4 inside the UFC, Cannonier initially started his UFC run at heavyweight before dropping down to light heavyweight for five bouts, going 2-3.
UFC 237 will take place on May 11 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although not announced as the headliner, Rose Namajunas is set to defend her strawweight belt against Jessica Andrade at the event. Also competing at UFC 237 will be light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Spann, and at women’s bantamweight, Bethe Correia will face Irene Aldana.
Breaking: Anderson Silva (34-9) will face Jared Cannonier (11-4) at UFC 237 on May 11 in Brazil, per UFC president Dana White. Silva just dropped a decision to Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 234 earlier this month, and said he wanted to be on the Brazil card.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 20, 2019