Anderson Silva Missing UFC 198 Due To Injury
Anderson “The Spider” Silva will not be fighting in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil this weekend after all.
The much anticipated fight against Uriah Hall on May 14th will not be happening anymore now that Silva has to withdraw from competition due to an abdominal pain that may require surgery. He may need to have his gall bladder removed due to a severe pain that started this Monday that has not gotten better.
UFC medical consultant, Jeff Davidson, stated on Tuesday that Silva will continue to stay in Brazil while he awaits to see if he needs to have surgery performed to remove his gall bladder.
Silva, 41 years old, could be facing a decision to retire with this injury being in such the late stages of his illustrious career. We all know about the dominance that Silva portrayed over the years — most consecutive titles defenses, 17 straight victories and some of the most entertaining knockouts the sport has ever seen. What we are not used to seeing from Silva is the most recent version of him.
Recently, he has been sluggish to say the least. He has not recorded a win in his last four fights in the octagon, losing three times and having his fight against Nick Diaz be called a no-contest.
He may be debating whether coming back is worth it. After suffering one of the worst leg injuries one has witnessed, coming back from the grueling rehab that followed and performing as bad as he has could all cause Silva to retire. This fight will more than likely never happen now, as both fighters are clearly in different points in their respective careers.
Uriah Hall treats the former champion as one of his favorite idols while getting into the sport. He recently told MMAJunkie Radio that he felt overwhelmed by the chance of fighting Silva.
“There’s a lot of overwhelming feeling right now, where it is excitement, and it is nervousness,” he said. Uriah Hall now misses out on the chance to face someone he respected more than anybody.
How Does UFC 198 Look Now?
This causes the stacked UFC 198 card to look the part of an average pay-per-view event now. The event itself will surely pack fans into Brazil, but many potential viewers have gone to the wayside now that one of the sport’s more recognizable characters has suffered an injury.
Hall has now lost his spot on the monumental card, with the UFC brass not able to find anyone on short notice. It would have been unlikely that anyone would fill in for Silva with many factors derailing the idea of finding a replacement. It would not be smart for any fighter to take on the task of fighting Uriah Hall on just three days notice, and then having to fly out to Brazil just to partake in the fight. It is unfortunate that Hall will be left off the card now, but it will be the right decision not to rush someone in to face him.
The card itself, not just the selling power of it, is still very solid. Fans tuning in will get the pleasure of seeing Cris Cyborg’s debut in the UFC, as well as fights with a slew of Brazilian fighters. Demian Maia will look to bolster his resume for a welterweight title shot against Matt Brown. Shogun Rua will be facing off against Corey Anderson, as well as Vitor Belfort squaring off against Jacare Souza. There will be plenty off fans in Curitiba that will walk away satisfied with the event itself, and fans at home should be as well.
The only thing that could have made this event legendary, was having the legendary Anderson Silva fighting in the octagon on May 14th.
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