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UFC releases official statement on Anderson Silva, recovery timeline following surgery

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva underwent successful gall bladder surgery on Wednesday (May 10, 2016), after being forced to withdraw from this weekend's UFC 198 pay-per-view (PPV) fight card in Brazil. has the promotion's "official" statement, as well as a timeline for return.

Earlier this week, medical personnel determined that Anderson Silva was suffering from inflammation of the gallbladder, a serious ailment that forced him off the UFC 198 card. As a result of the condition, Silva had successful, minimally invasive surgery in Brazil today to remove the gallbladder. He is now resting comfortably following the procedure.

The recovery period following the surgery is estimated at 4-6 weeks and Silva will be reexamined by doctors before being cleared to return to training. Silva thanks all of his fans around the world for their support and words of encouragement during this time.

You're welcome!

His opponent, Uriah Hall, was originally expected to remain on the card; however, the hourglass ran out of sand before pens could be put to paper. "Prime Time" will be slotted for a future card and at this point, it might make sense to just delay Silva vs. Hall until July.

How about here?

For the revised UFC 198 fight card and line up click here.

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