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Rich Franklin Signed To Face Wanderlei Silva At UFC 147

Wanderlei Silva will get a rematch after all, as Rich Franklin has been tabbed as the replacement fighter for Vitor Belfort. UFC officials confirmed the change on Wednesday.

Franklin and Silva will do battle in the main event of UFC 147, which takes place on June 23 from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The main card airs live on pay-per-view.

Belfort injured his hand in training and was forced to pull out of the planned bout. Belfort and Silva were coaches opposite one another on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

“Ace” had been scheduled to face Cung Le at UFC 148 in July. No immediate opponent for Le was made official by the UFC.

Franklin and Silva met inside the Octagon back at UFC 99, with Franklin securing a decision victory. This bout will take place at a catchweight of 190 pounds.

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