Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva successfully underwent surgery on Wednesday in Brazil to have his gallbladder removed.
Silva was forced out of a planned contest this Saturday night at UFC 198 against Uriah Hall after experiencing stomach discomfort.
The recovery time is 4-to-6 weeks, with doctors re-examining “The Spider” after that time before allowing him to return to action.
Below is a press release from the UFC:
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.