On Extremely Short Notice, Anderson Silva Takes Jon Jones’ Spot Against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200

Anderson Silva will fight light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 in a non-title fight. 

Silva, 41, will step in on 2-days notice to replace Jon Jones after the interim LHW champion failed a drug test. Silva hopes Jones isn’t mad he took his place at UFC 200.

Silva was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 198, but pulled out the week of the fight because of abdominal pain. He then went and had his gallbladder removed. That was 8 weeks ago. The recovery time for that surgery is 4-6 weeks. This is one of those fights that makes no sense, but it also makes so much sense because it is so awesome.

Silva is 0-3 with 1 no contest since beating Stephan Bonnar in October 2012. He is 3-0 in the UFC at light heavyweight. Gregard Mousasi and Dan Henderson also volunteered to take the fight.


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