UFC 147 ~ Silva vs Franklin

The finals in the featherweight and middleweight tournaments of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil will be held on this card. Daniel Sarafian was originally scheduled to compete in the Middleweight finals, but pulled out due to injury. He was replaced by semifinalist Sergio Moraes. 

This event has also seen other significant changes to its original card. The expected rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen would be moved to UFC 148 on July 7, 2012 in Las VegasNevada and the expected co-feature of the Brazilian event, a rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva would headline the event. On April 24, the changes regarding Silva/Sonnen were confirmed.  Plans were then being made for Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who was scheduled to defend his title at UFC 149, to headline this event. However, it was reported April 28, 2012, that Aldo would remain on the UFC 149 card and defend his title against Erik Koch.

On May 26, Vitor Belfort was forced to pull out of the card after breaking his left hand while training.  Silva will now face Rich Franklin in a 190 lb catchweight bout.  Franklin and Silva faced each other previously in June 2009 at UFC 99, where Franklin defeated Silva via unanimous decision in a bout the earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.


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