Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva pulled out his bout with Urijah Hall at UFC 198 due to abdominal pain that ultimately required gall bladder surgery. Silva is now okay.

As noted, Silva’s physical trainer Rogerio Camoes told Sherdog that Silva would like to return to action at UFC 200 after being cleared for light training.

“Thank God everything went fine and Anderson is already planning his return,” Camoes said. “He told me ‘Master, pack everything up. We’re going to UFC 200.’ The most important thing is that he kept his mind strong and didn’t lose his motivation. On the contrary, he’s really motivated to take part at that historical UFC 200 event.”

It was rumored that Silva would be fighting Hall at this event. However, that won’t be happening as his boxing coach Luiz Carlos Dorea told MMA Fighting that it’s “really hard” to expect Silva to fight at the event.

Silva is  2-3-1 in his last six bouts and is coming off a decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84.

UFC 200 takes place at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9, 2016. The main card will air on PPV while the prelims air on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The event is headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones for the light heavyweight while Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar battle for the interim featherweight belt in the co-main event. 

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