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UFC Finds Replacement For Vitor Belfort To Face Wanderlei Silva At UFC 147

The UFC announced that former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will face Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 in a 190-pound catchweight bout.

Silva and Franklin met once before, with Franklin defeating “The Axe Murderer” via unanimous decision at UFC 99 in 2009.

Silva was originally slated to face Vitor Belfort at the event, however Belfort was forced to withdraw from the bout after breaking his hand in training last week.

UFC 147 will take place on June 23 at the “Mineirinho” arena (Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.