Well it looks like Wanderlei Silva has a new opponent for the main event of UFC 147 in Blo Horizonte Brazil June 23rd. And that opponent is none other than the UFC’s ex-middleweight champion Rich Franklin.
The UFC announced the new main event today, stating:
UFC 147 now has a new five-round main event, as former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will face "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva in a 190-pound catchweight feature. The two first met at UFC 99 in Germany, where Franklin earned a decision win and both men took home Fight of the Night bonuses.
Silva was originally set to face fellow TUF Brasil coach Vitor Belfort in a rematch of their 1998 UFC Brazil bout, but a hand injury forced Belfort to withdraw from the event.
Sadly I believe that the heart of this event has been torn out of it turned it into a very toothless event with the loss of Belfort. UFC 147 is now pretty much devoid of any really interesting match-up’s for fans, which will make is almost assuredly a low drawing event for viewers. With odd match ups like Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow set as the co-main event and the rest of the fighters virtually unknown to most MMA fans, casual or hardcore, it doesn’t realy look like it’s going to be a successful event.
It's rumored that this fight will be at a catchweight of 190lbs
Franklin was scheduled to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133 on August 6, but Nogueira was forced off the card due to a shoulder injury. The UFC was unable to find a suitable replacement on such short notice, so they decided to pull Franklin from the card as well. Franklin is 4-3 in his last 7 fights and lost his last fight to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126 way back in February of 2011.
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