UFC 147 Fight Card Primer: Wanderei Silva Vs. Rich Franklin

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The UFC is billing it as the "rematch that the world wants to see" . That's not really true, but it's a good alternative at least. The main event of UFC 147 was supposed to feature TUF Brazil coach Vitor Belfort, but an injury forced him out and made this rematch possible instead. Pride legend Wanderlei Silva (34-11, 4-6 UFC) meets former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (28-6, 12-5 UFC) in a five round catchweight affair.

Silva is ranked at number 19 at middleweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, while Franklin is unranked, mostly due to all of the catchweight fights he's accumulated lately. This catchweight UFC 147 bout is the main event of the night and will air on PPV. The PPV broadcast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Silva: 35 years old | 5'11" | 74" reach
Franklin: 37 years old | 6'1" | 76" reach

What have these two done recently?

Silva: W - Cung Le (TKO) | L - Chris Leben (KO) | W - Michael Bisping (UD)
Franklin: L - Forrest Griffin (UD) | W - Chuck Liddell (KO) | L - Vitor Belfort (KO)

How did these two get here?

Wanderlei Silva is obviously a legend and you don't need much of an introduction. The former Pride champ is edging ever closer to retirement, but a knockout of Cung Le at UFC 139 kept the flickering flame alive. He is looking to avenge the close decision loss to Franklin at UFC 99.

Rich Franklin has been division-jumping at the UFC's behest for years, and the company man stepped up once again when Belfort was forced out with an injury. Even though he was training for a three-round bout with Cung Le at UFC 148, he stepped up for this 190-pound, five round bout. Franklin isn't likely to be challenging for a title again, but he's still a top fighter and his return from a 16-month layoff should definitely be interesting.

Why should you care?

You might not be thrilling at the prospect of paying to watch this rematch, but the first bout was extremely close and these two rarely disappoint in the cage. It's likely going to be the icing on a very exciting card, and you'll be ashamed if you miss it. Yes, you.

You can catch more UFC 147 preview content from Bloody Elbow after the jump.


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