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“Countdown To UFC 147″ Premieres Tonight

The pre-hype Countdown show for UFC 147: Franklin vs. Silva II will debut tonight on FUEL TV. The hour-long show will air at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

In the main event, Rich Franklin steps in for Vitor Belfort to meet Wanderlei Silva. Belfort and Silva were coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, but Belfort suffered a hand injury in training and was forced to pull out.

Franklin, a former UFC champion, was set to face Cung Le later this year, but decided to take the fight with Silva at a catchweight of 190 pounds, instead. “Ace” is 28-6 in his career and 13-5 in the UFC.

Silva (21-9) has gone 10-5 in his UFC career, including a victory over Le last year.