Well, this sucks. Anderson “The Spider “Silva will not be competing this Saturday due to a pending surgery. Fans betting on UFC 198, we share your pain. The reason that’s keeping us from having Silva back on the octagon is a gall bladder surgery that will keep him out of commission for the next 4 to 6 weeks in rehabilitation. This means that his fight with Uriah Hall is not happening.
The scheduled fight against Hall was a low-key contender to steal the show in Curitiba, Brazil. Many sports writers and experts betting on UFC were touting Silva’s scheduled rival (Hall) as the ‘next’ Anderson Silva, so this fight had the excitement of seeing two very similar fighters square off. This also comes with much heartbreak to The Spider as he was reportedly “very excited” of fighting in Brazil. Silva’s absence definitely takes away a lot of the star power for UFC’s event.
As several media outlets reported it, Silva and his team were scheduled to fly from Rio De Janeiro to Curitiba for the fight but four hours prior to his flight he was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. After being checked out, Silva was sent home and missed his flight, later on he was rushed to the hospital again and the doctors determined that he needed to get surgery to have his gall bladder removed. Later on, Dana White himself confirmed that Silva was scheduled to go under the knife and he will no longer be competing at UFC 198.
Anderson Silva is easily one the all-time greats in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, and regular favorite for fans betting on UFC. He holds the record for the longest title streak in UFC’s history with 2457 days that included 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses. After losing via KO to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, Silva’s career has been floating down on the rankings.
At 41 years of age, and with several unsuccessful attempts to climb back to the top already (with failed drug tests included), it seems that The Spider’s career might be reaching the end. This fight with Uriah Hall seemed to be as perhaps his last opportunity to regain a top spot on the rankings and maybe even contest for a shot at the title. The fight has been officially cancelled and for the moment UFC will not reschedule.
Despite it most certainly sucks that this fight is not taking place, the UFC 198 card offers several very high profile bouts that will definitely provide a good deal of hard hitting action for MMA fans betting on UFC. The World heavyweight title is on the line when Werdum faces Miocic, also we are going to get Cristiane Justino “Cyborg” fight Leslie Smith, as well as Ronaldo Souza vs Vitor Belfort. All the odds for these fights as well as all the other fights on the card can be found on SBG Global Sportsbook the best place to bet on UFC.