Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva booked for UFC 147 at catchweight

source: ufc.com
 

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. Franklin had been training to meet Cung Le at UFC 148 -- plans for Le's next matchup will be announced shortly.

The co-main bout will feature heavyweight stand-outs Fabrício Werdum and Mike Russow, both coming off wins in their last fight.

The card will also feature contestants from TUF Brasil, including the two finalists vying to become the show's first-ever Ultimate Fighter.

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Winston Wolf site profile image  

5/31/12 9:43 PM by Winston Wolf

id have much rathered someone different But gotta hand it to Franklin guy is a team player

Winston Wolf site profile image  

5/31/12 9:43 PM by Winston Wolf

id have much rathered someone different But gotta hand it to Franklin guy is a team player

WatchinMMA site profile image  

5/31/12 4:22 PM by WatchinMMA

really shitty matchmaking and ruined a great fight for 148. congrats on fucking up two cards at once!

StratTone site profile image  

5/31/12 4:04 PM by StratTone

I agree, I'm not super excited about this matchup.

cward81386 site profile image  

5/31/12 5:31 AM by cward81386

lol people watching videos of dana white and joe rogan talking about whats up then people on the ug passing it along like info theyve known for ever or they thought of... cracks me up

swany site profile image  

5/31/12 4:28 AM by swany

This fight had the potential to be fight of the year , both guys are not realistically gonna get title shots in the UFC again , both would love to enhance their legacys as legends and will throw down in an absolute war

chawkins site profile image  

5/31/12 2:27 AM by chawkins

I say Franklin throws the fight to avoid being murdered by enraged fans in the parking lot outside the arena.

Shroom site profile image  

5/30/12 11:17 PM by Shroom

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Mmanizzle site profile image  

5/30/12 11:05 PM by Mmanizzle

Cung's 40 years old now, he should've gotten into the UFC earlier in his career. Nevertheless, still a big Cung Le fan and hope he gets a good win in the octagon whoever he fights.