Anderson Silva is set to return.
According to ESPN’S Brett Okamoto, “The Spider” will meet Uriah Hall at UFC’s event on Halloween night, Oct. 31. The location of the event is yet to be announced.
It’s been a year since Silva last stepped into the octagon. He is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 in May 2019. It is part of a two-fight skid, including a unanimous decision loss to Israel Adesanya.
It’s been a tough go for the former champion, winning only one bout in his last eight appearances. His most recent victory came by unanimous decision against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in February 2017.
Hall is coming into the bout on a two-fight win streak, earning a split decision against Antonio Carlos Junior this past September and finishing Bevon Lewis via third-round knockout in December 2018.
“Prime Time” is struggling to keep a bout in 2020. He was scheduled to meet Ronaldo Souza at UFC 249 in May, but the bout was scrapped after “Jacare” tested positive for COVID-19.
He was also set to face Yoel Romero at UFC’s Aug. 22 event, but Romero pulled out of the bout due to an injury. Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall were once slated to meet at UFC 198 in May 2016, but Silva dropped out of the fight due to an illness.
UFC President Dana White hinted this could be Silva’s final fight, during a news conference on Tuesday. Silva’s manager Jorge Guimaraes told Okamoto no decision has been made. The 45-year-old reportedly has two bouts remaining on his current UFC contract.
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