Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-7 MMA, 16-3 UFC) has hit another setback this week when he was pulled out of his homecoming fight in Curitiba, Brazil, with opponent Uriah Hall.
According to Bleacher Report, Silva was forced to pull out of his scheduled fight with Uriah Hall due to abdominal pain that may require immediate gall bladder surgery. Reports said that Silva (33-7 MMA, 16-3 UFC) has been experiencing abdominal pain in past few days and may need immediate surgery to remove his gall bladder.
UFC President Dana White has confirmed the reports of Silva’s withdrawal from the UFC event, which will take place on Silva’s hometown of Curitiba in Brazil.
“Anderson developed abdominal discomfort [Monday and] further evaluation today is consistent with acute cholecystitis,” said UFC medical consultant Jeff Davidson, via Yahoo. “He will be seen by a surgeon today for possible surgery.”
Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gall bladder and is a primary reason patients have their gall bladders removed, Yahoo Sports reported.
Silva will surely be disappointed to miss UFC 198, which set to take place in his native hometown in Curitiba, Brazil. The Brazilian fighter hasn’t fought at his native country in more than 14 years so this will be a special moment for him.
“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,” Silva said in a statement, via the Fox Sports.
Silva’s removal from the main event has put a major blow in the UFC 198 card. White said that he is trying to look for a replacement to keep Uriah Hall on the UFC 198 card.
The 41-year-old Silva was one of the main attractions for the card considering he is widely viewed as one of the greatest mixed martial artists in UFC history. Silva sports a 0-3 record with no contest in his last four bouts. He also defended his title 10 times and has an UFC-record champion reign of seven years.
Silva beat Nick Diaz at UFC 183, but the result was changed after tested positive for banned substances.
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