Photo of Wanderlei Silva (left) battling Rich Franklin via Zuffa LLC/Getty Images.
The Vitor Belfort sweepstakes are over.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials today announced Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva 2 for the UFC 147 pay-per-view (PPV) main event at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on June 23, 2012.
"Ace" fills in for "The Phenom," who broke his hand earlier this month and was forced to withdraw.
Franklin narrowly edged out "The Axe Murderer" in a three round "Fight of the Night" at UFC 99: "The Comeback" nearly three years ago in Germany. Their second go-round will be contested at a catchweight of 190 pounds to account for the short notice match-up.
Silva (34-11-1) was also sinking up the joint at 205 pounds, but has been able to run up a 2-1 record since slimming down and dropping a weight class.
Anyone have an early prediction on this war of attrition?