Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall reportedly targeted for UFC 198 event in Brazil

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Anderson Silva (photo credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea © USA Today Sports)

Anderson Silva wanted to fight at UFC 198 in Brazil, and according to a report from, he may be getting his wish.

Per the report, the UFC is looking at a fight between the former long-reigning UFC Middleweight Champ and the runner up on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, Uriah Hall.

Silva dropped a decision to Michael Bisping last month in his first fight back after a suspension for multiple failed drug tests into a UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz. Given both failed tests, it’s a fight that essentially didn’t happen, and Silva’s loss to Bisping kept him winless dating back to his October 2012 win over Stephan Bonnar.

As for Hall, a career highlight win over Gegard Mousasi was only enjoyed for a moment, as he dropped a decision to Robert Whittaker in Australia in December.

UFC 198 hits Curitiba, Brazil, on May 14, headlined by the UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between Fabrici0 Werdum and Stipe Miocic.

Penick’s Analysis: I don’t know what this fight does for Silva outside of being on the card in Curitiba, but if he’s that insistent it makes sense enough. It’s not the best fight, it doesn’t have much at stake for Silva on a positive end, because a loss puts him in a highly precarious position, but a win is more treading water than anything. Still, he needs a win after the Bisping loss, and Hall isn’t the biggest threat in 2016. We’ll get more answers come May.

[Photo (c) Jayne Kamin-Oncea via USA Today Sports]

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