Rich Franklin Replaces Belfort, Rematches Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147

Zuffa brass have spent the better part of five days racking their brains, figuring out just who could replace Vitor Belfort in the UFC 147 main event against Wanderlei Silva (34-11) was no easy task. With all of the middleweight division’s top names engaged in upcoming bouts, it would seem that a rematch with Rich Franklin (28-6) was the only recourse for Zuffa.

The two first met at UFC 99 in the promotions 2009 debut in Germany. A match where “The Axe Murderer” lost a controversial unanimous decision to the former middleweight king.

Franklin was originally slated to face Cung Le at UFC 148, but with Belfort’s injury leaving the promotions return to Brazil in dire straights, a change needed to be made.

UFC 147 will take place on June 23rd at the Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.