Hopefully Rich Franklin has kept his passport up-to-date, as “Ace” has signed to face Wanderlei Silva in the main event of UFC 147 where he’ll replace Vitor Belfort who injured his hand in training and was forced to pull out. The card takes place June 23 from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The bout, which UFC officials confirmed will take place at 190 pounds, will be contested over five rounds though it will likely end within the allotted time period given both fighters’ styles and propensity for putting opponents away.
This will be the second meeting between Franklin (28-6) and Silva (34-11-1), as Franklin secured a decision victory back at UFC 99.
Franklin was scheduled to face Cung Le at UFC 148 in July. It remains unknown if Le will still compete on the card, and if so, who his opponent will be now.
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