Rich Franklin will replace Vitor Belfort against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147Posted on May 30, 2012, 02:28 PM by Anton Gurevich
Frankin was originally scheduled to face Cung Le at UFC 148 on July 7th, in a Middleweight contest. Apparently, "Ace" understands he will struggle to cut weight in time for UFC 147 (two weeks earlier), therefore the encounter with Wanderlei Silva is a 190lbs catchweight bout.
Rick Franklin and Wanderlei Silva met back at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany (195lbs catchweight bout). Rich Franklin won a close decision, as both fighters earned Fight of the Night award. Rematch with Franklin is a good deal for Wanderlei Silva, who still gets an opportunity to avenge a loss on his record.
Here's the official announcement from 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.
Rich Franklin is 28-6 in his Mixed Martial Arts career, coming back from having a surgery on his injured shoulder. Franklin will turn 38 next October.