Anderson Silva reportedly cleared to return to “light training,” but unlikely to fight at UFC 200

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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

After gallbladder surgery took him out of UFC 198 last month, Anderson Silva was hoping to make a quick return to fight at UFC 200 on July 9. Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to come to fruition.

According to a report from‘s Guilherme Cruz, Silva’s been cleared to return to light training, but his boxing coach Luiz Carlos Dorea believes it’s “really hard” to expect him to be able to compete by July 9. The UFC wasn’t necessarily going to book him on that card anyway, but he may be taken out of the equation regardless.

The former longtime UFC Middleweight Champion dropped a decision to Michael Bisping in February in his first fight since serving a year-long suspension out of multiple drug test failures in January 2015. He was slated to fight Uriah Hall on last month’s card in Curitiba, Brazil, before being struck down by a gallstone attack the week of the event.

Penick’s Analysis: It was ambitious after that surgery for Silva to be able to turn around for the July 9 event, but it’s certainly unfortunate for him that he wasn’t able then to get on either of the major events he was targeting. Still, he’ll be back soon enough, and would be a good addition to UFC 201 in Atlanta or UFC 202 in August, which is expected to hit Las Vegas on August 20.

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

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