Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva 2 Now Set as UFC 147 Main Event

May 30, 2012
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Their first battle got Fight of the Night honors, so why not do it again?

With Vitor Belfort out of UFC 147 with a broken hand, Rich Franklin has agreed to step in and face Wanderlei Silva in the UFC 147 main event in Brazil on June 23.

The bout will be contested at a catchweight of 190 pounds according to UFC officials, who announced the new headliner on Wednesday. The fight will still be a five round main event.

Franklin and Silva first met at UFC 99 back in June 2009 with Franklin coming out on top by way of unanimous decision.

The compelling bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors, and both Franklin and Silva came to put on a show. They will try to duplicate that at UFC 147 in June.

Franklin has been out of action since last February, when he lost a decision to former UFC titleholder Forrest Griffin. He has since decided to make the move back down to 185 pounds, where he was once champion.

He was scheduled to face former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le at UFC 148, but will opt instead to bump his fight date up a couple of weeks and face Silva at UFC 147.

The move for his fight two weeks earlier is likely what determined the 190-pound catchweight fight to prevent Franklin from having to cut a severe amount of weight outside of his training schedule that was originally geared towards July 7.

The UFC has yet to announced who will step in to face Cung Le on the UFC 148 card in July.

Silva vs. Franklin 2 now headlines the UFC 147 card taking place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 23.

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  • joan


    • KBEsq

      That’s the exact thought I had.

      I like both guys, but this is not a main event.

  • RubeKegal

    Holy flacid weiner!!!

  • zacharydetal

    I wish these fighters will still in title contention. They need to take a page out of Dan Henderson’s book and try some TRT, because that’s the right thing to do.

  • Mario

    This fight does nothing for me.

    Will end with the same result. Perhaps with a KO this time.

  • You guys are nuts. I’m not usually for rematches but their first fight was entertaining from bell to bell and I expect the same this time around.

    Good work Joe Silva.

  • juniorbra

    Man I like Silva since his time from Pride, but lately his not the same, Belfort would won this fight again easy, faster and stronger then him.
    I like both..

    • I think he’s exactly the same as he was during his Pride days. The competition just got a little stiffer, that’s all.

      • Anthony

        You know Short ,I tend to agree with you 99% of the time, but I thought Rampage was 10 times the fighter in Pride that he is in the UFC and compare how he did against Silva in those two promotions( 3 fights total)—maybe Silva has lost a step or two–however your 100% correct most of the competition is alot tougher now.

        • I was speaking more to the un-evolved, wide open style he fights with.

          While many fighters change things up, inset a little game planning and fight “smarter” after being in the UFC for a little while, Wanderlei hasn’t. He has maintained his super aggressive toe-to-toe style which, against a skilled and disciplined fighter who’s done his homework and game planned, can have disastrous results.

          Not that any of that is a bad things. After all, it’s why we love to watch that man fight. He wears his heart on his sleeve, leaves it all in the cage every time he fights and always gives the fans a show to remember. It’s just not the “safest” way to approach competition at this level.

        • rsnowbass

          They also didn’t test for roids in Pride…

  • smill0313

    Good match up, especially on short notice.

  • adam1848

    Cung Le’s fairy god mother set this fight up. Maybe now they will give him someone he has a chance of beating.

  • jessemalloy

    I like this more, I was going to skip 147 without a doubt, now I may have to find a way to tune in…perhaps head to a bar or something.

  • BizzleZX10R

    Well hm,who would be right to fight Le then?


    I think i just named everybody in the MW Div thats worth a shit. Except for Stann and Lombard of course

    • Mike_Oxafloppin

      Leben is on suspension, Maia is dropping to Welterweight against Stun Gun & on the same card Cung Le is fighting on no less. Bisping is fighting Boetsch at 149, Munoz is the main event of the 4th Fuel TV Card. Although, Cung and Belcher would be tits.

    • RubeKegal

      If i had to guess I’d say Patrick Cote is next for Cung

  • Wonder how they settled on a catch-weight of 190lbs. Surprised they didn’t just go with the tried-and-true Franklin-weight of 195lbs. If I remember correctly, they fought at 195lbs the first time they met.

  • dgs

    Franklin should stay at 205. He looks so emaciated at 185, but he looks healthy at 205.

  • ToxicDLA

    Even though Franklin won their first fight, I still think Wandy has better chances now than he would’ve against Belfort.