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UFC 147: Wanderlei Silva eager to stop Rich Franklin in rematch

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Former PRIDE FC Middleweight (205 pounds) champion and current UFC 185-pound contender Wanderlei Silva will step into the Octagon on June 23, 2012, to take on Rich Franklin for a second time in what will mark fight number 47 in his 16-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

After an injury to Vitor Belfort, who blitzed through "The Axe Murderer" in 44 seconds way back in 1996, scrapped the much-anticipated rematch, Silva now looks to even another score against "Ace" in the headlining bout of UFC 147 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Showing signs of the savage who wreaked havoc in Japan during his prime while with PRIDE against Cung Le at UFC 139, demolishing the SanSho specialist with his brutal Muay Thai technique, Silva looks to keep his momentum going and pick up consecutive victories for the first time since 2006. It won't be easy, however, as Franklin already has one up on Silva after defeating him at UFC 99 three years ago via unanimous decision in a "Fight of the Night" performance.

This time, however, Silva looks to avoid the judges' scorecards altogether, but is prepared to go a full 25 minutes if need be.

Speaking to MMA Weekly, the Brazilian bomber talked about the upsetting news of Belfort's injury, his upcoming bout with Franklin and whether or not he will have added pressure fighting on his own home turf of Brazil.

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Post #1   6/14/12 9:52:12PM   

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I would have rather seen Silva/Belfort II, but I guess Silva/Franklin II should be an interesting fight as well. Silva's "button" used to be non existent. Over the years, he has developed a button and it has become increasingly sensitive. I think Franklin has a very good chance of winning by KO.

Post #2   6/14/12 10:23:20PM   

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The title should say:

Wanderlei Silva eager to stop using Botox before Rich Franklin rematch

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Post #3   6/14/12 11:14:43PM   

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I'm eager to get that event other with.

I'm pulling for Wandy to get a tko.

Post #4   6/14/12 11:24:09PM   

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I feel like this fight is gonna look alot like franklin/Liddell

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Not excited for this fight at all, if only for Wanderlei's quality of life in later years.

He's given everything he has to MMA and i think now is the time to 'hang it up'

Post #6   6/15/12 6:10:09AM   

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Ok wanderlei isnt at his best but he just beat a very dangerous striker! Defeated Bisping not to long ago and That Franklin fight I thought was close. He should retire soon but peoples lack of faith in his abilities amazes me.

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both these guys don't have the best chins, just depends who lands 1st. sew it going like the leben/wandy fight but not as short

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Posted by mattjonesy

Ok wanderlei isnt at his best but he just beat a very dangerous striker! Defeated Bisping not to long ago and That Franklin fight I thought was close. He should retire soon but peoples lack of faith in his abilities amazes me.



Just don't want to see him get seriously hurt is all.

Post #9   6/15/12 2:35:14PM