Following the unfortunate gall bladder injury suffered by his scheduled opponent Anderson Silva, Uriah Hall will have to wait before taking the Octagon against one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
Hall has been removed entirely from the colossal Brazil event this Saturday according to MMA Fighting. The Jamaican-American striking sensation was set to meet Silva in a middleweight clash on the main card of UFC 198 from Curitiba, Brazil’s Arena de Baixada soccer stadium.
The main card will now be joined by a match-up between welterweights Warlley Alves and Bryan Barberena in place of Silva vs. Hall.
According to Guilherme Cruz’s Twitter, ‘The Spider’ underwent successful surgery and will be cleared from the hospital on Friday.
Update: Anderson Silva's surgery was a success and he will be cleared from the hospital Friday, Dr. Tannure told me.
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) May 11, 2016
The loss of the bout is surely a huge blow to the stacked Brazilian showdown card, as Silva is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Hall figured to give ‘The Spider’ a great challenge as the young up-and-comer faced the biggest fight of his career.
Silva (33-7-1) was coming off of an upset loss to No. 4-ranked Michael Bisping in late February via unanimous decision. Silva hasn’t won a bout in nearly four years, since his UFC 183 win over Stockton native Nick Diaz was ruled a no-contest after the Brazilian tested positive for various banned substances.
Hall (12-6) comes off of a unanimous decision loss to the flourishing Robert Whittaker back at UFC 193 in November. ‘Prime Time’ had previously been on a two-fight win streak after defeating Oluwale Bamgbose and Gegard Mousasi, and had won five of his previous six bouts.
UFC 198 is set to take place this Saturday (May 14th, 2016) and is headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Brazilian champ Fabricio Werdum, and challenger Stipe Miocic.