Anderson Silva was forced out of his fight with Uriah Hall at UFC 198 this weekend in Brazil due to unexpectedly having to undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder, but with the operation having been completed successfully the former champion is now eyeing a quick return to action.

According to an official UFC statement, Silva should be ready to train again within the next 4-6 weeks, and that means that ‘The Spider’ is now eyeing the possibility of fighting at the historic UFC 200 card on July 9th.

“Thank God everything went fine and Anderson is already planning is return,” the star’s physical trainer Rogerio Camoes told “He told me, ‘Master, pack everything up. We’re going to UFC 200.’

“The most important thing is that he kept his mind strong and didn’t lose his motivation. On the contrary, he’s really motivated to take part at that historical UFC 200 event.”

It remains to be seen whether the UFC will be able to find room for Silva on the already stacked line-up for that card, but Dana White had indicated a couple of weeks ago that they still intended to add more fights to the line-up. Since then they’ve only announced one extra fight, TJ Dillashaw Vs Raphael Assuncao for the Las Vegas show, making a total of 11 bouts so far.

If Silva doesn’t make it to UFC 200 then there’s no doubt the promotion will gladly add him to one of their other upcoming PPV cards, with UFC 201 in Atlanta just a few weeks later appearing to be another good option for the legendary middleweight fighter.

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