Former PRIDE middleweight champion, Wanderlei Silva will rematch former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin in the main event of the evening at UFC 147 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on June 23rd, 2012. The UFC just announced the fight via it’s website. Franklin was due to face Cung Le on the UFC 148 card on July 7th.
Wanderlei has won three of his last six bouts inside the octagon, including wins over Keith Jardine, Michael Bisping and most recently Cung Le. Losses include Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rich Franklin and Chris Leben. He was originally set to headline UFC 147 opposite Vitor Belfort until “The Phenom” broke his hand in training.
Franklin defeated Wanderlei at UFC 147 but hasn’t been seen at middleweight since his 2008 win over Travis Lutter. He also has taken over a year off due to shoulder surgery, with his last fight coming at UFC 126 where he lost a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin.