The “UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II” pre-fight press conference took place today at Ouro Minas Palace in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Hosted by UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC 147 fighters participating included headliners Rich Frankin and Wanderlei Silva, the co-headliners and TUF Brazil finalists.
As former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin gears up to face Wanderlei Silva in a rematch this weekend at UFC 147, the former champ participated in a media conference call Tuesday and talked about the possibility of ring rust, his motivation to keep fighting and his desire to make one more run at the 185 pound title before he retires. Wanderlei Silva, Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow also participated in the call. Listen to the full audio.
The UFC 147 event that’s set for Saturday night in Brazil will feature a heavyweight matchup between top ten heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and the always tough Mike Russow. It should be a good fight as Werdum has won four of his last five since losing to the then unknown and now current UFC Heavyweight Champ Junior dos Santos. Russow hasn’t lost since 2007 which is the only defeat of his career.
On Saturday, June 23, Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin will meet once again inside the Octagon. The two first fought at at UFC 99 in June 2009 and Franklin walked away with the unanimous decision victory. Wanderlei feels the judges got it wrong and wants a shot at redemption, and he will get that shot at UFC 147 in front of his fans at home in Brazil.
UFC Ultimate Insider profiles Chicago police officer and UFC heavyweight Mike Russow (15-1, 1 NC). Russow, who is so far undefeated inside the UFC Octagon with four straight victories, faces Fabricio Werdum at UFC 147 in Brazil on June 23.
Vitor Belfort’s replacement has finally been announced as he had to pull out of the UFC 147 main event fight against Wanderlei Silva. Rich Franklin (28-6) will step in to face Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1) at UFC 147 in June. This will be the second time that these two men meet in the octagon with Silva will now getting a chance to avenge his previous loss to Franklin at UFC 99.