MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Anderson Silva forced to withdraw from UFC 198, Sergei Kharitonov out of Bellator 154

Anderson Silva forced to withdraw from UFC 198 due to injury MMAFighting reported yesterday that Anderson Silva is out of Saturdays UFC 198 bout with Uriah Hall. The former middleweight champion had to undergo surgery to remove his gall bladder. Silva’s coach Luiz Carlos Dorea had this to say “He called me and said ‘I’m going to the hospital, but I’ll get better’, so we came to Curitiba. When we arrived in Curitiba, he said ‘Master, I came home but the pain is too much.’ I told him to eat something, but he said ‘I can’t, I’m eating and throwing up.’ He told me this afternoon that it was too painful and he had to go back to the hospital.” According to UFC PR man Dave Sholler, Hall will not be rebooked for the card  

Sergei Kharitonov out of Bellator 154 due to illness Also on Tuesday, MMAFighting broke the news that Sergei Kharitonov is out of his Bellator 154 fight with Josh Appelt this Saturday. Kharitonov (23-5) was slated to make his debut for Bellator. Appelt (12-5) boasts a 3-0 record in Bellator and no word yet on if he’ll get a new opponent.Bellator 154 is  headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between former UFC vereran Phil Davis and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal.   Dennis Siver injured, BJ Penn needs new opponent for UFC 199 Dennis Siver has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 199 bout with B.J. Penn at UFC 199 due to an undisclosed injury. MMA Fighting confirmed the news Tuesday    Here’s an updated look at the card. Main Card (Pay-per-view) Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass) B.J. Penn vs. TBD Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega Beneil Dariush vs. James Vick Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes   Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill II new WSOF 32 main event  WSOF announced in a press release Tuesday that champion Marlon Moraes will take on Josh Hill in a rematch from their battle at WSOF 18.  This moves the Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer title fight to the co-main event. World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said the following in a press release “The magnitude of this event has increased dramatically with the addition of a second world title fight and rematch between Marlon Moraes, who has been unstoppable, in the cage, and one of the most formidable and talented contenders in the world in Josh Hill”  Moraes (16-4-1) hasn’t lost a fight since 2011 and has remained undefeated under the WSOF banner going a perfect 9-0 with the promotion. Included in that hot streak is the Brazilians win over Hill, which he won by unanimous decision at WSOF 18. Hill (14-1) only loss is to to the aforementioned champion Moraes and has won four straight fights since then. He recently defeated Bendy Casimir last month at Fight Night Medicine Hat by unanimous decision. WSOF 32 will come from the XFINITY Arena at Everett on July 30. Here’s an updated look at the card. Marlon Moraes (16-4-1) vs. Josh Hill (14-1) Alexandre Almeida (18-5) vs. Lance Palmer (10-2) Ben Fodor (6-1-1) vs. Caros Fodor (10-5)   UFC 198 Embedded: Episode 2   Chico Camus vs. Czar Sklavos set for RFA 40 headliner RFA officials announced Tuesday that UFC veteran Chico Camus will take on Czar Sklavos in the main event of RFA 40. Camus (15-7) got back in the winning column in his RFA debut back in March, earning a unanimous decision victory over Matt Brown at RFA 36. The win snapped his two-fight losing streak, as he lost back to back fights against Henry Cejudo and Kyoji Horiguchi before his UFC release. Sklavos (12-4) also came through in his promotional debut in RFA this past July, earning a unanimous decision nod over Nick Burgos at RFA 27. He’s 5-1 in his last six fights. In the co-headliner, bantamweight Marvin Blumer (11-5) aims to bounce back from his loss Darrick Minner as he takes on Terrion Ware (14-5) RFA 40 takes place July 15 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn. Here’s a look at the card. Chico Camus vs. Czar Sklavos Marvin Blumer vs. Terrion Ware Austen Heidlage vs. Chase Waldon Alex Gilpin vs. Dan Moret Chad Curry vs. Carl Wittstock  

Written by James Lynch

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