UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II Fight Card Finalized

June 1, 2012
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UFC 147 has undergone a wealth of change since it was first planned.

Initially slated to feature the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch in a soccer stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the event was then moved to Rio de Janeiro. Then the main event was moved to the UFC 148 fight card in Las Vegas and Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva slotted in as the headliner. But then Belfort dropped out due to injury.

UFC 147 is now set for June 23 in the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte with Wanderlei Silva squaring off with Rich Franklin in the five-round main event. The bout is a rematch of the fight Franklin won three years ago.

“The first fight (at UFC 99) was great, and I think a lot of fans will be expecting another great fight. Wanderlei fought me tooth and claw when we went at it in Germany, and he’ll be even more motivated fighting in front of the Brazilian fans,” said Franklin.

“I think Wanderlei is a different fighter than he was when we fought at UFC 99, and I think I am too. I’m ready for Wanderlei and Brazil.”

UFC officials on Friday confirmed the remainder of the UFC 147 fight card.

The UFC 147 main card on pay-per-view will also feature the featherweight and middleweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, the first international edition of the reality series.

The co-main event of the evening pits Fabricio Werdum against Mike Russow in a heavyweight bout.

The main card is topped off by two featherweight bouts. Yuri “Marajó” Alcantara will face-off against Brazilian UFC newcomer Hacran Dias, and Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes seeks his second octagon win against Miltinho Vieira, who is also making his UFC debut.

All 12 remaining TUF contestants that didn’t make it to the finals will get a taste of the Octagon, facing each other on the six preliminary bouts of the evening.

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  • bajafox

    This card puts $50 in my pocket, no way this card should be on PPV

  • andrewlewis

    I agree, what a waste!

  • Travalator

    Silva did not win this fight as the article states.

  • Travalator

    Silva didn’t win their first fight*

  • Towers66

    This card is going to be fun. A tad lackluster as far as “Starpower” but it should be worth watching. Brazilian fans are the target audience for the ppv portion of this card.

    • KBEsq

      I still think this card is lacking even after taking that into consideration. There are bigger Brazilian stars than Silva and Werdum. I like the Werdum/Russow fight, but it’s not enough.

      Does anyone remember when D. White said he would make up UFC 112 (A. Silva’s performance) to the fans!? I don’t think he ever did that. He should do it now by making this card free.

  • Honestly the weakest looking card they’ve put on PPV in a while. Silva/Franklin doesnt do anything for me. Really not a fan of Ace anymore…he’s a great guy, should prolly be commentating or something, but his peak as a fighter is long passed. On the same note, so has Silva’s. Unsure how they rate this a main event.

    Werdum/Russow is fun & the TUF:B finals will be cool, but overall not worth my $50.

  • pogodog7

    I am a big fan of Rich Franklin. I even bought his book. But this fight makes no sense. Will the winner get a title shot? No. Do these guys have a grudge? No Are both of the fighters at their best? No. Will anyone buy the PPV? No.

    • you are right, this will be more of a great entertainment fight, than a bout to see who next gets a title shot.

      Franklin has had his chance and i dont think he will want to fight Anderson again, meanwhile silva hasn’t fought for the middleweight UFC title yet and as much as i like him, i have to say i think it will stay that way