UFC 198 — slated for this Saturday night — just got a different look to it, as Anderson Silva will not be competing.
Scheduled to face off with Uriah Hall, Silva was forced to cancel his fight with Uriah Hall because of abdominal pain, according to Yahoo Sports. Dana White told Yahoo Sports that the pain may require gall bladder surgery for the 41-year-old.
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— UFC News (@UFCNews) May 11, 2016
UFC medical consultant Jeff Davidson told Yahoo Sports that Silva will get further examination:
“Anderson developed abdominal discomfort [Monday and] further evaluation today is consistent with acute cholecystitis,” Davidson said Tuesday. “He will be seen by a surgeon today for possible surgery.”
Dana White told Yahoo Sports that they are in the process of trying to find an opponent for Hall to keep him on the card for Saturday night.
Silva said in an interview with FOX Sports’ Damon Martin recently that he was not retiring anytime soon, and that he was looking forward to Saturday night:
“Of course, I’m very happy UFC gave me one more chance for a fight again. I think this is very important for me to take back some time for my fights. I’m very happy, I’m very excited,” Silva said.
“I’m very happy. I’m very excited. It’s my dream to fight in Brazil in my country, in my city. My career started here. I’m very happy and this is very important for my legacy and my story fighting in the UFC now.”
UFC 198 features Fabricio Werdum against Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title, and will take place in Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.