After UFC 198 scratch, Anderson Silva hoping to get fight on UFC 200 card in July

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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

There was one piece missing on Saturday in Curitiba, Brazil at UFC 198, as Anderson Silva’s gallbladder surgery forced him off the card and out of a fight with Uriah Hall.

While the timetable given has been four to six weeks for his recovery, Silva’s physical trainer Rogerio Camoes said this weekend that the former Champ is targeting his return for UFC 200 in July.

“Thank God everything went fine and Anderson is already planning his return,” Camoes said in an interview with “He told me ‘Master, pack everything up. We’re going to UFC 200.’ The most important thing is that he kept his mind strong and didn’t lose his motivation. On the contrary, he’s really motivated to take part at that historical UFC 200 event.”

Whether he remains in that fight with Hall or the UFC books some other fight, it would be a significant addition to the UFC 200 event to have Silva take part.

Penick’s Analysis: There are more options open for Silva now that the Brazil card has passed, so whatever the UFC feels like putting together should work for 200 provided Silva’s clear to fight. He had originally wanted to compete on that card before the spot on the Curitiba event opened up, so getting him back there makes sense if he’s healthy enough to go. I don’t know that the Hall fight still makes sense to put together, especially if there are some other, bigger names available, but we’ll find out what the UFC has in mind soon enough.

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

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