Anderson Silva won’t be returning to his homeland this weekend after all. The former reining middleweight champion is officially out of UFC 198 in Brazil, according to UFC’s medical consultant Dr. Jeff Davidson via Yahoo! Sports.
On Tuesday, the consultant revealed Silva is experiencing abdominal discomforts and he might be required to undergo surgery to remove his gall bladder.
Anderson developed abdominal discomfort [Monday and] further evaluation today is consistent with acute cholecystitis. He will be seen by a surgeon today for possible surgery.
Silva was expected to face The Ultimate Fighter 17 finalist Uriah Hall on the main card of UFC 198, but due to his clinical condition, the Brazilian was removed and since the event takes place in a few days a replacement was not found Hall. The UFC 198 card will now proceeded with 12 bouts.
UFC 198 is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. The co-main event features a middleweight contest between Ronaldo Souza and Vitor Belfort.
Cris Cyborg will also be making her UFC debuts.