‘UFC 147: Belfort vs. Silva II’ OFFICIALLY Announced for Mineirinho Arena in Brazil

Written by Tom Ngo
May 11th, 2012

UFC Middleweight Vitor Belfort

As expected, Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil will host “UFC 147: Belfort vs. Silva II” on June 23rd. The Octagon was forced to scale down their return to jiu jitsu country after middleweight king Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen were pulled from the lineup.

“It is great for our fans and for the UFC to be able to stage events in new parts of Brazil,” said UFC managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik. “The UFC is exploding everywhere in the country and Minas Gerais, being the third biggest state in the country, seemed like the perfect place for this.

“Not only has Mineirinho received some major acts through the years, but it is also located in a central and touristic area of the city. It will certainly be a fantastic experience for the fans.”

Capacity for the arena is 25,000, which pales in comparison to the 50,000ish the UFC was hoping to pack Engenhão Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to host Silva vs. Sonnen II. However, the United Nations is holding a massive conference in the city that same week and the town just wasn’t big enough for the two of them.

A middleweight rematch between icons Vitor Belfort (Pictured) and Wanderlei Silva will headline the fiesta. Heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow serve as the co-main event.

Furthermore, two contestants from “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” will earn six-figure UFC contracts in the show.

The pay-per-view broadcast will air live in North America at 10PM ET/7PM PT.

Here is the card’s current roster:

Milton Viera vs. Felipe Arantes

Yuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias

“TUF: Brazil” Featherweight Finals

“TUF: Brazil” Middleweight Finals

Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow

Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva

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