REPORT: Mouth-watering middleweight strike fest being targeted for UFC 198
This could be amazing.
The UFC are eyeing-up a bout between former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and TUF 17 runner-up Uriah Hall for UFC 198 at the Arena da Baixada, according to a report from Sherdog.
Silva (33-7, 1 NC) is considered to be one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, but enters into this bout off the back of an exciting unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC London, which marked his first bout since being suspended for PED use at UFC 183 vs. Nick Diaz.
Although the Spider arguably hasn't had a good performance against top level competition since knocking out Yushin Okami in 2011, he's still a big draw and is guaranteed to drum up excitement for this fight. There's always that blind hope that the 40-year-old has at least one more highlight reel KO left in him.
Hall (12-6) has been plagued with inconsistency during his UFC career. The TUF standout suffered back-to-back losses to Kelvin Gastelum and John Howard before going on a three fight win-streak which was put to an end by Rafael Natal at UFC 187.
Prime Time recently scored an upset victory over Gegard Mousasi, but this was quickly followed by a humbling loss to top middleweight Robert Whittaker.
UFC 198 is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. The co-main will be a middleweight bout with title implications between Ronaldo Souza and Vitor Belfort.
The stacked card also features Demian Maia v Matt Brown, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira v Patrick Cummins, and Mauricio Rua v Corey Anderson.