A middleweight bout between Uriah Hall and former champion Anderson Silva is in talks for UFC 198, as revealed by Sherdog.com.
UFC 198 will occur in Anderson Silva’s hometown of Curitiba, Brazil at the Arena da Baixada soccer stadium, which seats over 42,000 people. The event will take place on May 14 and is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between challenger Stipe Miocic and champion Fabricio Werdum.
Silva (33-7, 1 NC) is coming off of a close unanimous-decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night London after a year-long suspension. Prior to that, Silva scored a unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz, which was overturned, in his return from his gruesome leg injury in his second bout versus Chris Weidman. Before losing his title to Weidman, Silva had won 16 straight UFC fights with 14 finishes.
Uriah Hall (12-6) was compared by fans to Anderson Silva when he first appeared on TUF 17, scoring vicious knockouts over Adam Cella and Bubba McDaniels. After entering the UFC, Hall suffered a split-decision loss to John Howard but moved on to win three in a row, including two knockouts. In September, The Ultimate Fighter finalist knocked out #9 ranked Gegard Mousasi with a spinning back kick followed by a flying knee, earning him a Performance of the Night bonus. Most recently, however, Hall lost via unanimous decision to Robert Whittaker at UFC 193.