The Spider will be back on the Octagon.
After rumors swirling around on Anderson Silva’s next opponent, a report published in Yahoo Sports revealed that the UFC has finally settled on Uriah Hall as his next opponent. The two will go to battle in UFC 198 this coming May in Silva’s hometown of Brazil. Headlining the event is the heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Silva’s last match was in February when he lost to Michael Bisping. It was the latest in a string of bad luck for the former middleweight champion. He lost his title to Chris Weidman when he was knocked out by the challenger back in 2013. He then suffered a broken knee during the rematch in December of that year.
Anderson Silva then scored a win against Nick Diaz when he came back in January 2015 but it was ruled a no contest after he was twice tested positive for steroids. Silva has been linked to other opponents such as Gerard Mousasi and Tim Kennedy but the UFC settled on Hall.
Anderson Silva is the longest reigning champion in the UFC ruling the middleweight division from 2006–2013. He is now aiming to get back to the win column and will try to do it in his hometown. This will be the first time since 2002 that he will be fighting in his hometown.
Uriah Hall, on the other hand, has found scattered success in the Octagon. He is coming off a loss against Robert Whitaker of Australia in November 2015. An Ultimate Fighter 17 finalist, the 31-year old Hall has thrilled fans with some of his highlight moves which powered him to a Performance of the Night knockout of Gerard Mousasi last September and has four more Octagon victories.
Other notable Brazilians in the UFC 198 card include Demian Maia, Rogerio Nogueira, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The UFC also plans to add Invicta FC champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino in the Card.
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