Wilmington native Derek Brunson lands UFC legend Anderson Silva in New York City

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BROOKLYN, New York — After a disappointing performance in his last fight Thanksgiving weekend, Derek Brunson took time off to refocus. The Wilmington native was in town over the months that followed working out locally before announcing his desire to get back in the octagon.

His much anticipated return to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has now been set.  Brunson is set to square off against mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva as part of UFC 208. UFC President Dana White announced the middleweight fight Friday.  The event will be held at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Brunson, 33, immediately took to social media to announce the fight, which will air on Pay Per View.

Silva, 41, is widely considered one of the all-time UFC greats. The Brazilian native and former UFC middleweight champion holds the longest title streak in UFC history, which ended in 2013 after 2,457 days, 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses. He is currently listed at No. 7 in official UFC middleweight rankings.

Brunson, meanwhile, has a 16-4 mark, but he’s coming off a first-round TKO at the hands of Robert Whittaker in Melbourne, Australia in late November. He has won five of his last six, with each of those victories coming by way of knockout. Brunson is ranked at No. 8 in the UFC middleweight rankings.