Anderson Silva is fit again. The 45-year-old MMA legend is two months away from returning to the UFC’s cage. The long-time UFC champion is due to play the main fight of a UFC Fight Night against Uriah Hall on October 31. It could be Silva’s farewell fight.
As UFC President Dana White told ESPN, Anderson Silva (34-10 (1 NC)) is said to have already agreed to the fight and is preparing for the fight against Uriah Hall (15-9), Silva’s manager Jorge Guimaraes confirmed the encounter. The match should have taken place once in 2014.
For Silva, it is the return to the Octagon after a year of injury-related break. The Brazilian was last seen at UFC 237 in May 2019 when he injured his knee with a kick against Jared Cannonier and could not continue fighting. Three months earlier he had lost in Australia to today’s middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
The Brazilian, who at the height of his UFC career held the middleweight title from 2007 to 2013 and successfully defended it ten times during this period, fell into a tailspin after losing his title and was only able to celebrate one victory over Derek Brunson of his last eight fights. It was three and a half years ago. A second one about Nick Diaz was cancelled due to a positive doping test.
On October 31, he will meet Uriah Hall, who was once considered the “Next Anderson Silva” due to his dramatic interludes in his season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, but never lived up to the praise of the advance. However, even in the eighth UFC year, the Jamaican remains an unpredictable opponent who is always suitable for a knockout.
After a dry spell with three defeats in a row, Hall was able to fight his way back towards the top ten and win three of his last four duels, defeating Krzysztof Jotko and Bevon Lewis Ko and prevailing against grappler Anton Carlos Junior on points. Nine years younger than Anderson Silva, Uriah Hall has a record of 15 wins and nine losses, and currently comes from two consecutive victories, against Bevon Lewis and Antônio Cara de Sapato. In his last eight fights, Hall won four and lost four more. At TUF 17, the Jamaican earned the nickname “Ambulance Man”, for sending all his rivals on the program to the hospital. In the final, however, Hall ended up defeated by Kelvin Gastelum, losing the chance to become a reality show champion. In May he was supposed to fight “Jacaré” Souza, the Brazilian who was infected with Covid-19. A fight against Yoel Romero was planned for this Saturday, but the Cuban had to cancel the fight at short notice.
At the press conference on Tuesday, White indicated that Silva’s fight could be his farewell fight. His manager didn’t want to go that far and explained, “He is 45 years old, but always in top shape, always in training. He’s lost a lot of weight and has a healthy diet, he’s exercising well. We like the fight and see what happens after that. “