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Rich Franklin, to Replace Vitor Belfort in UFC 147

Written on May 30, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Vitor Belfort was pulled out from UFC 147 due to a hand injury he sustained while training

It’s official. Former middleweight champ, will replace, the injured in his bout against in . UFC officials have made this announcement today.

Franklin  will face Silva in the 190-pound-catchweight headliner of UFC 147.

Belfort was pulled out from the bout last week, after he suffered from a hand injury while training.

Franklin already fought and defeated Silva via a unanimous decision at UFC 99. He is originally scheduled to duel with Cung Le at this July’s UFC 148 event. His possible replacement has not been announced, as of this moment.

UFC 147 will serve as Franklin’s first fight in more than a year, after sustaining injuries since losing to Forrest Griffin last February 2011. He has fought as a light heavyweight fighter in his recent bouts.

UFC 147 is set to take place at the “Mineirinho” Indoor Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil on June 23. The main card event will air on pay-per-view, while FX is expected to cover the prelims.

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