Injury prevents Alan Belcher from taking Wanderlei Silva fight at UFC 147

Photo of a recuperating Alan Belcher via Twitter.

Who is Wanderlei Silva going to fight in the main event of UFC 147?

It's certainly not going to be middleweight "talent" Alan Belcher, who like Silva's original opponent, Vitor Belfort, is at home resting comfortably with a cast over his hand. That narrows the field down even further and with less than a month to find a suitable replacement for "The Phenom," the pickings are currently idling on the corner of slim and none.

It's yet another blow to a card plagued with issues from its inception.

UFC 147 was originally supposed to feature a 185-pound title fight between Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen. That fight was moved to UFC 148 on July 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada while the promotion scrambled for a last-minute venue, eventually settling on the "Mineirinho" arena on June 23 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

With no one but "The Axe Murderer" to headline.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) "Brazil" finale between the top two featherweight and middleweight contestants will also take place, but it's going to be difficult to sell a pay-per-view (PPV) in a (over?) saturated market without a marquee match-up to anchor it.

That's where you come in.

After the jump, we've laid out a poll with a few names and scenarios to help save this upcoming card. Let's hear what you've got for Wandy and the rest of the Brazilian fans below.

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