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Anderson Silva to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 in Brazil

A middleweight fight between all-time great Anderson Silva and Kelvin Gastelum has been added to UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

ESPN.com confirmed the 185-pound matchup with UFC officials, following an initial report from Brazilian news site Combate. The pay-per-view event will take place at HSBC Arena.

Gastelum (14-2), 25, specifically asked for the matchup last weekend, after he scored a first-round knockout over Vitor Belfort in Fortaleza, Brazil. It marked Gastelum's third consecutive win.

Gastelum said he wanted to continue a "legends ass-whipping tour," referencing a phrase that former UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen used before fighting Tito Ortiz in January.

Silva (34-8) was matched against Gastelum despite recently asking for rematches against Nick Diaz and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

The Brazilian legend celebrates his 42nd birthday next month and is coming off a controversial decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in February. It was Silva's first official win since 2012.

The UFC has not yet announced whether the Silva-Gastelum fight will serve as the co-main event. A featherweight unification bout between Jose Aldo (26-2) and interim champion Max Holloway (17-3) will headline the card.