Jeez, talking about going to great lengths to duck a fight against Uriah Hall…
On Wednesday, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (pictured) underwent successful surgery to have his gallbladder removed after suffering from abdominal pains. “The Spider” will be sidelined from 4-6 weeks.
Silva was slated to face Hall Saturday at UFC 198. Instead of trying to locate a last-second replacement, the UFC will save Hall for another day.
“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,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “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, the most decorated champion in UFC history, is 0-3 (1 NC) over his past four outings. The 41-year-old hasn’t won a fight since making Stephan Bonnar look absolutely silly nearly four years ago at UFC 153.