UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday some news that could potentially spoil the UFC 198 party. Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has had to pull out of his homecoming fight due to a medical condition involving his gall bladder.
With his return to the Octagon against Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84 showing glimpses of his past brilliance, the MMA world was hoping to see "Spider" of old take to the cage and return to triumphant ways in his home country of Brazil. Speaking to Yahoo! Sports, UFC medical consultant Jeff Davidson revealed some details.
"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."
The news is a big blow for both fans of the sport and Silva himself. Largely seen as the greatest of all time, Silva is coming off a 0-3 record with a no-contest in his last four outings. Prior to his loss to Bisping back in February, Silva won his last fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. However, the result was changed to a no-contest following a failed drug test for several banned substances, including drostanalone, an anabolic steroid.
Silva, 41, was set to fight the dangerous Uriah Hall (12-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) in a middleweight bout that looked to be an exciting fight. We last saw Hall drop a unanimous decision to Robbert Whittaker at UFC 193. Prior to the defeat, the Jamaican mixed martial artist was on a good run of back-to-back TKOs of Oluwale Bamgbose and Gegard Mousasi.
The UFC will now look for a late replacement to take on Hall this Saturday night, which could prove tricky. Taking on a fighter like Hall in such a short space of time will always provide a challenge.
Maybe we should just ring a certain Irishman who loves to fight, I hear he's free.