Anderson Silva Targeted for UFC 198 in Brazilian Stadium

March 16, 2016

As the UFC prepares for its biggest event to date in Brazil, UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic, the promotion’s matchmakers are working overtime to try and line up a fight for perhaps the best Brazilian fighter ever, Anderson Silva.

Silva has long been a target for UFC 198, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship attempts to fill Arena da Baixada, a nearly 40,000-seat soccer stadium in Curitiba, Brazil.

The card already features heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, a countryman of Silva’s, putting his belt on the line against Stipe Miocic, as well as a blockbuster middleweight showdown between Brazilians Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

According to, the UFC is targeting Gegard Mousasi and Tim Kennedy as likely possibilities for Silva.

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Anderson-Silva-Vitor-Belfort-UFC-126-077While Silva is coming off of a controversial loss to Michael Bisping at UFC London in February, Mousasi is fresh off of a victory over Thales Leites on the same card. Kennedy, however, hasn’t fought since a loss to Yoel Romero in September of 2014.

It’s unclear which is the clearer path, but Mousasi was hoping to fight a little further down the line at either UFC 199 in June or UFC 200 in July. Kennedy has been busy with various other projects, including filming a television series and running a self-defense course.

[UPDATE] Late Wednesday, reported that unnamed sources indicated the UFC was also considering a possible bout between Silva and Uriah Hall.

There are several other notable Brazilians also booked for the card, which includes Demian Maia, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and others.

UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic is slated for Saturday, May 14, 2016.

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