Much of the shine was taken out of UFC 147 when Vitor Belfort had to bow out with a broken left hand, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all of the magic is lost in the Octagon’s return to Brazil.
A 190-pound catchweight contest between Wanderlei Silva (Pictured) and Rich Franklin now headlines the June 23rd fiesta. The rematch with Silva and Belfort was originally slotted to take top billing.
Speaking of sequels, Franklin previously hung a close unanimous decision win over “The Axe Murderer” in June 2009 at UFC 99.
To help promote the show’s new featured attraction, the UFC has released an extended preview video showcasing the mixed martial arts icons. Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow, the heavyweights serving as the card’s co-main event, also appear in the footage.
Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil hosts the festivities. The pay-per-view broadcast airs live in North America at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
Please click the media player below to watch the promo:
Here is the card’s current roster:
(Facebook 6:45PM ET/3:45 PM PT)
(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
John Teixeira vs. Hugo Viana
Milton Viera vs. Felipe Arantes
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Yuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias
Rony Mariano Bezerra vs. Godofredo de Oliveira (‘TUF: Brazil’ Featherweight Finals)
Daniel Sarafian vs. TBD (‘TUF: Brazil’ Middleweight Finals)
Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow
Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin (190-pound catchweight bout)