When Anderson Silva (pictured) was on top of the MMA world, he said fighting his clone would be his toughest challenger. Well, this might be the closest Silva will ever get to testing his skills against himself.
On Thursday, the UFC announced the original Anderson Silva face Uriah Hall, “The Next Anderson Silva,” on May 14 event at UFC 198.
Silva returned from a year-long drug suspension last month in a highly controversial unanimous decision defeat to Michael Bisping. The former middleweight champion hasn’t posted a victory since plastering Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in 2012.
The last time the 40-year-old Silva made such a quick turnaround was when he entered his bout with Bonnar three months after beating Chael Sonnen.
Hall is also looking to bounce back from a decision defeat to Robert Whittaker. He had posted back-to-back TKO wins over Oluwale Bamgbose and Gegard Mousasi prior to November’s outing.
If you may recall, UFC president Dana White dubbed Hall “the next Anderson Silva” when he was stockpiling highlight reel victories as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 17” in 2013. Hall proceeded to drop his first two scraps in the UFC and White quickly questioned whether the ultra nice Hall had the intestinal fortitude to be a fighter.
Hall then rattled off three straight wins before suffering a setback to Rafael Natal in a poor showing.
Arena Atletico Paranaense in Curitiba, Brasil hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Corey Anderson
Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall
Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
Stipe Miocic vs. Fabricio Werdum (UFC heavyweight champion)