UFC releases official statement on Anderson Silva following surgery

Thursday May 12, 2016 UFC 198 will take place at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Silva was slated to fight Uriah Hall on Saturday’s UFC 198 main card but Silva was forced off of the card after experiencing abdominal pain.

UFC released a statement on Silva regarding his recovery after surgery:

Earlier this week, medical personnel determined that Anderson Silva was suffering from inflammation of the gallbladder, a serious ailment that forced him off the UFC 198 card. As a result of the condition, Silva had successful, minimally invasive surgery in Brazil today to remove the gallbladder. He is now resting comfortably following the procedure.

The recovery period following the surgery is estimated at 4-6 weeks and Silva will be reexamined by doctors before being cleared to return to training.

Silva thanks all of his fans around the world for their support and words of encouragement during this time.

Due to these circumstances Hall has also been forced off the card per the UFC statement on Tuesday May 10:

The homecoming fight of Anderson Silva in Curitiba will not be taking place this weekend, as the former middleweight champion has been forced off Saturday’s UFC 198 card due to an illness.

A replacement will not be brought in to fight Silva’s opponent, Uriah Hall, and the UFC 198 card will proceed with 12 bouts. Moving to the main card is the welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Bryan Barberena.

In the main event, Fabricio Werdum will defend his HW Belt against Stipe Miocic at the Arena da Baixada soccer stadium. The co-main event will be a fight between two middleweights Vitor Belfort and Jacare Souza. Cris Cyborg makes her long-awaited UFC debut against Leslie Smith, and to start the main card will be a fight between Corey Anderson vs. Mauricio Rua.

UFC 198 Fight Card:

Main Card
(PPV, 10 PM ET)

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic
  • Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith
  • Corey Anderson vs. Mauricio Rua

Preliminary Card # 2
(FS1, 8 PM ET)

  • Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
  • Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
  • Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago Santos
  • Rob Font vs. John Lineker

Preliminary Card # 1
(Fight Pass, 6 PM ET)

  • Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Luan Chagas
  • Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

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