UFC releases statement on Anderson Silva’s UFC 198 removal, expects him to recover in four to six weeks

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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

The UFC released a statement this week regarding Anderson Silva’s UFC 198 removal, and they believe he’ll be ready to return to action this summer.

“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,” Wednesday’s statement read. “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.”

Penick’s Analysis: It was an unfortunate blow to Saturday’s card, but thankfully it’s something from which he should make a full recovery. Now he just turns his focus to recovery, and from there the UFC can book whatever intriguing middleweight fight is available by August or September.

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

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