The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is returning to Brazil for UFC 147 on Saturday June 23, 2012. UFC 147 has been flying under the radar, but the main even should be exciting as it features two MMA legends that are fighting to stay relevant. Rich Franklin will be going into hostile territory to face off against Wanderlei Silva. UFC 147 will take place at Estadio Jornalist Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Lets take a closer look at these fighters and then I'll make my fight pick.
Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva is coming into this fight coming off an exciting TKO win over Cung Lee at UFC 139. Silva has an impressive overall MMA fight record of 34-11. Most of his wins have come in devastating knock out or TKO fashion. Twenty four of his wins have come via KO or TKO. But, he's only 3-4 since making his return to the UFC in 2007. One of those losses coming at the hands of Rich Franklin.
Rich "Ace" Franklin is coming into this fight off a loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126. Before Anderson Silva came along, Franklin was the man in the UFC's Middleweight division and was on a fast track to the UFC hall of fame. Since being dethroned by Silva in the Middleweight division, he's had trouble racking up a solid streak of wins. He's 4-3 in his last seven fights and needs a big win bad!
Rich Franklin is a smart MMA fighter. He's already beat Wanderlei Silva by using his strategic and technical fighting skills to pull out a decision. Silva has had trouble with technical fighters that refuse to engage in a brawl. I see this fight going as the first. Silva will try to engage Franklin in a brawl, but Franklin will use his strategic and technical skills to avoid that and pull out a win!
Here's the UFC 147 Silva vs Franklin preview video.