The UFC 147 weigh-ins stream live in the video player above at 3pm ET/12pm PT. The weigh-in results will follow on a separate post.
The UFC 147 pre-fight press conference will stream live in the video player above at 12pm ET. Headliners Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin will be in attendance.
As UFC 147 approaches, take a look at how the headliners, Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin, the co-headliners, Mike Russow and Fabricio Werdum, and the TUF Brazil finalists, prepare for their bouts. This is the Countdown to UFC 147.
More clips after the jump.
Following tonight’s season finale of TUF Brazil, in which Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira defeated Thiago “Bodao” de Oliveira Perpetuo in a violent fashion, the UFC 147 fight card has filled out as the finals for both the middleweight and featherweight tournaments are set.
To go along with the previously announced main card bouts between headliners Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin, Mike Russow and Fabricio Werdum, and Yuri Alcantara and Hacran Dias, officials have confirmed the featherweight final bout with Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra taking on Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira. The middleweight final was also announced, as Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira is set to face off against Sergio “Serginho” Moraes. Moraes steps in as a replacement for Daniel Sarafian, who defeated him in the semifinals, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.
The preliminary card has also filled out, as UFC officials announced a card full of TUF Brazil cast members, fighting for their shot inside the octagon.
Rounding out the earlier portion of the event will be Rodrigo Damm, who takes on Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros de Figueiredo; Delson “Pe De Chumbo” Heleno, who squares off against Francisco “Massaranduba” Drinaldo; John “Macapa” Teixeira, who steps into the octagon with Hugo “Wolverine” Viana; Thiago “Bodao” de Oliveira Perpetuo, who takes on Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra Teixeira; Marcos Vinicius “Vina” Borges Pancini, who fights Wagner “Galeto” Campos; and Felipe Arantes who takes on Milton Vieira.
UFC 147 takes place this Saturday from the Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The main card will take place on pay-per-view at 10pm ET, and the aforementioned preliminary card will take place on FX at 8pm ET.
Unexpected heavyweight contender Mike Russow discusses his upcoming co-main event bout with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 147.
On the cusp of his rematch with Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin reflects on his career, and looks forward to his UFC 147 bout.
An extended preview of UFC 147, which takes place next Saturday from Brazil, and features the rematch between Wanderlei Silva and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin.
Wanderlei Silva is focusing on Rich Franklin in less than two weeks at UFC 147 in his native country of Brazil. However, that hasn’t kept “The Axe Murderer” from talking about his long-time enemy, Chael Sonnen.
He fights with his mouth. He’s not a top guy. He creates that style and looks for you guys to give attention to him. But, face-to-face, he’s like a kid; he’ll cry like a baby, man. You talked some bad things. I’m old school. You’re talking some (expletive) about me, don’t shake my hand. This guy lost respect from me. Not one fighter respects him.
Sonnen has went on several verbal tirades against Wanderlei, Anderson and many, many other Brazilians. It remains unknown if Sonnen will ever face Wanderlei, but here’s to hoping that match comes to fruition down the road.
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Fabricio Werdum discusses his upcoming UFC 147 bout with Mike Russow in Brazil, and how he plans to defeat the unlikely contender.
Former UFC champion Rich Franklin knows he isn’t getting any younger these days.
“Ace” will return to the Octagon at UFC 147 later this month to meet Wanderlei Silva in a catchweight bout at 195 pounds. Franklin stepped in to replace Vitor Belfort for the battle with Silva in Brazil.
While appearing on a recent episode of The MMA Hour, Franklin discussed the use of testosterone replacement therapy. At 37 years old, Franklin knows it could help, but isn’t prepared to go down that road yet.
“I’m not sure if that’s something I want to do or how I want to approach that, because TRT is….once you start that process it’s a permanent fixture. Once you start putting those hormones in your body – those synthetic hormones – then your body is not going to produce its own hormones any more, and so you really have to think carefully. My levels are still decently healthy for a male, but they’re not high enough to continue a prolonged career at a top level for many more years.”
The use of TRT continues to be a major story in MMA, as such fighters as Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir have requested exemptions to use it in training. The rules are laid out for those that request and are granted the exemption, and Mir is one of those that passed all the tests before and after his recent fight with Junior dos Santos.
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