Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is close to putting the finishing touches on its upcoming UFC 147 pay-per-view (PPV) fight card scheduled for the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil TONIGHT (Sat., June 23, 2012).
Former UFC middleweight Champion Rich Franklin is stepping in on short notice to rematch Ultimate Fighter (TUF) "Brazil" coach Wanderlei Silva in the night's main event, thanks to an untimely injury to original headliner, Vitor Belfort.
UFC 147 will also feature the finals from the TUF: "Brazil" reality show in both the featherweight and middleweight divisions as well as a heavyweight showdown between grappling phenom Fabricio Werdum and Chicago cop Mike Russow.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 147 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 147 QUICK RESULTS:
Main Card (Pay-per-view):
185 lbs.: Cezar Ferreira def. Sergio Moraesvia unanimous decision (TUF middleweight final)
145 lbs.: Rony Mariano Bezerra def. Godofredo Pepey via unanimous decision (TUF featherweight final)
265 lbs.: Fabricio Werdum def. Mike Russow via TKO at 2:28 of round one
145 lbs.: Hacran Dias def. Yuri Alcantara via unanimous decision
Preliminary Card (FX Channel):
145 lbs.: Rodrigo Damm def. Medeiros Anistavio via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:12 of round one
185 lbs.: Francisco Drinaldo def. Delson Heleno via TKO at 4:21 of round one
145 lbs.: Hugo Viana def. John Teixeira via split decision
185 lbs.: Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo def. Leonardo Mafra Teixeira via TKO at 0:41 of round three
Preliminary Card (Facebook):
UFC 147 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (PPV):
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva (190-pound limit):
Round one: Wanderlei looks cautious early on and Franklin is stalking him to get things started. Inside leg kick from Silva and Silva throws a sneaky right hand counter on Franklin's kick. Franklin goes down the middle with his straight left and Silva tries to fire back with a big right hook. Franklin is starting to open up with his lead right, whether it's a jab or a hook. Silva goes high with a head kick and Franklin catches it but eats a few punches for his effort. Short left from Franklin stumbles Silva and Franklin presses forward, catching him again and knocking him backwards against the fence. Silva is getting defensive with his winging hooks when he's cornered. Franklin is in control now. Right jab for Franklin sneaks through Silva's defenses. Nice head kick from Silva lands on Franklin and Franklin fires back with a jab. Head kick is blocked this time by Franklin. Both men exchange blows and Franklin got the better end of the punches there. 10-9 Franklin
Round two: Franklin backs Silva off with his jab and Silva fires back with a head kick. Silva is still coiled and looking to land his right hand as a counter. Front kick from Silva and Franklin is patiently throwing short strikes. Franklin lands a nice lead right hook and both men exchange. Franklin backs Silva into the fence and and unloads a nice combination. Silva is trapped here and Franklin keeps cutting him off. Silva misses with a big hook and Franklin returns fire. Nice right hook lands for Silva and Franklin backs off briefly. Nice kick from Silva there and Franklin responds with a pair of punches. Silva lands a left hand and backs Franklin up with a short flurry. Silva turns up the aggression and he swarms Franklin, landing big punches. Silva throws a huge knee in the clinch and then drops Franklin with a big right hand. Franklin recovers and it looking for a takedown but Silva stuffs it. Silva dives on Franklin and is dropping big right hands but he's running out of time. Franklin survives until the end of the round but HUGE finish to the round by Silva. 10-8 Silva
Round three: Franklin is moving forward despite being hurt at the end of last round. Ace drops a big left hand to Silva's body. Silva fires off a right head kick which is blocked. Franklin seems fully recovered from the end of the second. Perhaps Wanderlei is tired after that huge attempt to finish. Head kick from Franklin just misses. Right jab from Franklin lands and Silva is doing nothing but back up this round. Silva finally throws a nice right hand but Franklin responds with a big left body kick and a left hand. Franklin gets inside and scores a takedown against Silva. He's in half guard on top and drops a few elbows. Franklin opens up and drops big punches at the end of the round. 10-9 Franklin
Round four: Not much going on in the first minute as Franklin is picking his spots. Franklin lands a nice straight left but neither man is taking control here. Nice right hand from Franklin and then another lead right hook. Wanderlei is still moving slowly still. Franklin is starting to pick up the pace and Silva kicks him square in the junk. Franklin humps the ground and sumo stomps a few times before he;s ready to go. Silva looks a little quicker now, throwing left and right hands. Silva land a left counter and a right counter but Franklin fires off straight left and right hands from a distance. 10-9 Franklin
Round five: Not much going on early here but Franklin connects with a straight left a minute in which backs Wanderlei up. Franklin is circling well and picking his spots, leaning in and firing off straight left and right hands. Silva is coiled and trying to counter but he's just a step slow here. He's never been the same since not finishing Franklin at the end of the second. Franklin scores a nice right then a 1-2. Silva is running out of time here. Silva starts stalkign and he's got 70 seconds. He raises his hands and then he starts charging forwards. Franklin circles away and Silva charges in looking for the knockout. Silav is winging big hooks and Franklin fires back. 20 seconds left and Silva needs a miracle. Franklin pops off a nice left and right jab. Both men trade huge punches all the way to the bell and Franklin drops Silva at the bell. Silva is bleeding and both men hug it out. 10-9 Franklin
Final results: Rich Franklin defeats Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision (49-46 x3)
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(TUF Middleweight final) Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. Sergio Moraes (185-pound limit):
Round one: Mutante presses forward aggressively early, winging big punches and kicks. Moraes does not want much to do with him in the stand-up as he's simply not in his league in that department. Good body kick from Moraes and Mutante connects with a snap-push kick to the face. Mutante presses forwards with a straight left and another front kick. Mutante eats a shot a backs straight into the fence. He tries to grab Mutante but can't hang on. Moraes lands a nice short right counter but the follow-up blow hits nothing but air. Mutante is utilizing really good footwork thus far to keep his distance and not get in range of being dumped on the ground. Huge kick to the groin from Mutante and we take two minute break. Moraes lunges forward with a pair of hooks but they miss. Mutante presses Moraes into the fence with a flurry but Moraes fires back with a big series of punches which land and force him to back off, drawing cheers from the crowd for his effort. 10-9 Mutante
Round two: Mutante tries to work knees in teh clinch and Moraes pulls guard and Mutate backs off immediately. Big right hand from Mutante and Moraes may have been hurt. He drops to the ground and tries to grab Mutante's leg but Mutante backs off. Huge spinning wheel kick lands for Mutante and Moraes is hurt. Mutante swarms Moraes along the fence and Moraes drops to his back. Mutante follows him this time, landing hammer fists and doing damage but he backs off again as Moraes recovers. Moraes is bleeding now under his left eye and Mutante is being patient here, giving him ample opportunity to recover. It looks now like Mutante is trying to set up a highlight-reel knockout rather than actually fight anymore. Moraes is game, though, and the crowd is behind him. Moraes throws a big right hand and Mutante is hurt. Moraes chases Mutante down and tries to swarm him with big flurry but Mutante plays just enough defense to avoid the damage. Mutante recovers and throws a kick or two before the horn. That almost won Moraes the round, but I'm still siding with Mutante, Great round, though. 10-9 Mutante
Round three: Mutante attacks early and Moraes gets clipped. Moraes falls to his back but Mutante backs off and forces him to get to his feet. The pace is slower now and Mutante scores with a pair of kicks. Mutante comes in with a lazy right and Moraes fires back with a right to the chin. Mutante is really being tentative here and Moraes can steal the round if he turns up the aggression. Just 90 seconds left and this round has been pretty awful thus far. Moraes tags Mutante again and now he's taunting Mutante. Moraes needs to go for it here. Right hand for Moraes and Mutante responds with a straight left which drops him on his butt. Kicks to the legs from Mutante and Moraes pops back to his feet. Moraes was winning that round until getting dropped. This could be anybody's fight. 10-9 Mutante
Final results: Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira defeats Sergio Moraes via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
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(TUF featherweight final) Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra vs. Godofredo Pepey (145-pound limit):
Round one: Pepey closes the distance early with a clinch and upon separation, both trade extremely wild and crazy hooks. Pepey charges forwards and just avoids a huge right hook counter. Pepey pulls guard and "Jason" is on top of him and he's likely going to be attacking with some sort of arm attack. Pepey is hunting for a Kimura from full guard against Jason but Jason is defending for now. Jason has his hands clasped together and Pepey gives up on the attack which draws some cheers. Big punches to the body from Jason and the ref stands them up. Huge leg kick from Jason connects, Pepey charges forward and eats a gigantic flying knee from Jason. Pepey tries to pull guard, jumping guard and Jason slams him to the canvas, following up with big punches. Pepey throws elbows from bottom at the top of Jason's head as time expires. 10-9 Jason
Round two: Pepey continues to the the aggressor and Jason is really being tentative to get this fight started. Jason is mainly countering, looking to play off of Pepey's aggression but Pepey is content just pulling guard to try and take the fight to the ground. Ugh, this round is really bad 10-9 Pepey I guess
Round three: Jason finally opens strongly and connects with a huge head kick. Pepey charges forward and eats a huge right counter which staggers him. Pepey is clinching here but he backs off. Pepey presses forward but now Jason is throwing aggressively. Took him long enough. They clinch and Pepey lands a big kick to the balls. After a break, Jason turns up the aggression and he's trying to get a big knockout but Pepey is hunting for a takedown along the fence. Pepey pulls guard which draws boos from the crowd and Jason kicks at his legs. The ref stands them up and oh god, Pepey just brutally kicked Jason in the nuts again. This time was way worse and Jason is hurt bad. Both men get really heated after the fight and Jason throws his mouthpiece into the crowd. 10-9 Jason
Final results: Rony Jason defeats Godofredo Pepey via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
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Mike Russow vs. Fabricio Werdum (265-pound limit):
Round one: Werdum looks strong early, connecting with an uppercut and pressing forward with his right hand. Russow fires right hand but Werdum works for a huge knee. Big leg kick lands for Werdum and he could potentially hit that all night. Another lead left for Werdum but he misses the right follow-up. Werdum steps forward and blasts Russow with a right uppercut and Russow is hurt! Russow stumbles and drops and Werdum swarms him with huge right hands. The onslaught continues with punches and hammerfists and referee Herb Dean puts a stop to it. Huge finish there for Werdum.
Final results: Fabricio Werdum defeats Mike Russow via TKO at 2:28 of round one
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Yuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias (145-pound limit):
Round one: Alcantara is put on the defensive early as Dias pushes him into the fence working for a takedown. Dias scores a trip and now he's on top of Alcantara working some short punches. Nice right hands from Dias and he nearly takes Alcantara's back. Dias is threatening with an arm triangle and he's got the arm positioning but his body is not on the correct side yet as the cage is helping play defense. Dias gives up on the choke but he continues to rain down some big strikes. Big elbow for Dias and Alcantara scrambles to his feet only to get slammed back to the ground. Great start for Dias. 10-9 Dias
Round two: Dias scores an immediate takedown and he's right back to work with punches and elbows. Alcantara responds with a nifty armbar attempt which actually threatened a finish but Dias squirms free. Alcantara works his way back to his feet, but he gets dumped on the ground again. Dias with a flurry of elbows that were mostly blocked, but he's very aggressive. Alcantara gets it back to standing to finish the round, but he can't make up for his lost points. 10-9 Dias
Round three: More of the same from Dias as he's back on top grinding away and dropping punishment from above. Dias is actively striking from above although his pace is slowing and wow, the ref stands them up. Awful stand-up but Dias isn't denied as he continues to outwork Alcantara. 10-9 Dias and he should take a decision here.
Final results: Hacran Dias defeats Yuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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UFC 147 "PRELIMS" COMMENTARY (FX):
Rodrigo Damm vs. Medeiros Anistavio (145-pound limit):
Round one: Not much going on early and the crowd is getting restless. Damm lands with a nice leg kick and then another. Anistavio fires back with a low blow and Damm needs a second. After the reset, Damm lands a brutal left hand and then another bigshot and Anistavio is really hurt. Damm attacks, pouncing on him on the ground and he's on Anistavio's back! He sinks in a rear naked choke, it's tight and Anistavio taps! Damm is fired up!
Final results: Rodrigo Damm defeats Medeiros Anistavio via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:12 of round one
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Francisco Drinaldo vs. Delson Heleno (185-pound limit):
Round one: Drinaldo opens by connecting solidly with a big left hand. Heleno is working very hard for a takedown early in response but he can't secure on as Drinado is showcasing some solid defense. Big knees to the body in response by Drinaldo. Drinaldo with a good punch and some more knees to the body. Heleno has no answer for the strikes and is still trying very hard for a takedown while Drinaldo defends. Now Drinaldo gets on top during a heated exchange and he pounds away with heavy shots on the canvas. Huge punches from Drinaldo and that's all she wrote.
Final results: Francisco Drinaldo defeats Delson Heleno via TKO at 4:21 of round one
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John Teixeira vs. Hugo Viana (145-pound limit):
Round one: Both featherweights trade massive shots to get things started. They enter the pocket and both Viana and Teixeira continue to exchange. Hard right by Viana and a big leg kick in return by Teixeira. Viana with a nice combination and he's got an early advantage. Heavy leather getting swung by both men. Teixeira throws a big kick but he slips and Viana takes advantage, throwing a heavy combination. Viana finishes the round strong with a big hook and a body shot. Great start to this battle. 10-9 Viana
Round two: Both featherweights trade short inside strikes along the fence but it's Teixeira who scores a nice takedown on Viana. Viana works his way back to his feet where he forces a separation in the clinch. Teixeira is in full on stalk-mode, aggressively pushing forward and forcing Viana to fight and circle from the outside. Nice kick from Teixeira and Viana is having trouble keeping up with his offensive output this round. 10-9 Teixeira.
Round three: Viana comes out strong here, mixing in some solid kicks to go with his big punching combinations. Low blow by Teixeira causes a brief delay. Teixeira scores a takedown but Viana immediately pops up. That has to be frustrating. Good combo by Viana now. Good body kick by Teixeira. Teixeira with a takedown but Viana jumps back up again. Viana finishes strong with a nice right hand. 10-9 Viana.
Final results: Hugo Viano defeats John Teixeira via split decision
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Leonardo Mafra Teixeira vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (185-pound limit):
Round one: Perpetuo and Mafra trade leg kicks and Mafra attempts a combination but backs away. Perpetuo lands a body kick and Mafra tries to throw a big combination but misses, hanging on the fence like Spiderman afterwards. Mafra wades in and charges forwards with a big pair of kicks as both men exchange punches. They clinch briefly but nothing comes out of it. Both men trade huge punches and Mafra lands a big knee in the clinch. Mafra is smaller but he's being more active so far and landing more effectively. Perpetuo backs Mafra into teh fence and wings big punches but can't land anything flush. Perpetuo has some swelling now on his face. They clinch and exchange knees until the round expires. 10-9 Mafra
Round two: Nice body kick from Perpetuo and Mafra is trying to respond to every strike with a big combination. Perpetuo is being more patient here in the second round, landing more accurately and technically. Mafra is winging some arm punches and Perpetuo shoots in for a takedown. Mafra immediately hops onto an arm and attempts an armbar but Perpetuo spins free of danger. Mafra is again trying for the armbar but Perpetuo escapes again. Third armbar attempt from Mafra is denied and Perpetuo blasts him with a pair of huge elbows. Mafra's pace has slowed now, no longer hunting for submissions from bottom and Perpetuo si going to work with patient short strikes from above. He's mixing in punches, hammerfists and elbows well and Mafra has a big welt as time expires. 10-9 Perpetuo
Round three: Mafra aggressively wades forward but can't land. Perpetuo lands a huge right hand and Mafra is hurt. Mafra goes down and Perpetuo swarms Mafra and just crushes him with hammerfists as Mafa is doing nothing but defending. After a big series of unanswered blows, the ref puts a stop to it.
Final results: Thiago Perpetuo defeats Leonardo Mafra via TKO at 0:41 of round three
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UFC 147 "PRELIMS COMMENTARY (FACEBOOK)
Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini vs. Wagner Campos (145-pound limit):
Round one: Both men look to strike and Campos lands a solid inside leg kick. He's finding a home for that and Pancini is trying to come over the top with an overhand right to counter the kick. Campos clinches and scores a takedown, dumping "Vinicius" on his back and throwing a pair of elbows from above. Campos passes to side control, goes knee-to-belly, passes to mount and just starts raining down punches. Vinicius scrambles and Campos locks in an arm triangle. Pancini seemingly is defending and Campos gives up on it but immediately takes Vinicius down again. He finishes the round dropping nice punches from above but Vinicius responded with some solid up-kicks from bottom, even throwing one a little after the horn. 10-9 Campos
Round two: Quite a bit of posturing early from both men as neither is committing to any big strikes. Vinicius switches stances and throws a flying knee but he gets caught with a big left hand from Campos which drops him. Campos pounces and quickly passes to side control. Vinicius appears to have recovered but he's in a tough spot. Vinicius retains half guard briefly but gets passed again. Campos latches onto an arm and he's thinking about a Kimura but he gives up on it and dives back into Vinicius, passing to side control on the opposite side. Vinicius retains full guard but Campos is persistent, passing again. Vinicius throws some back-hammerfists from bottom and they actually open up a small cut near Campos' left eye. Nice upkick from Vinicius in the final 10 seconds. 10-9 Campos but he's got to be a little more careful from top position in terms of avoiding damage.
Round three: Nice front kick from Vinicius early and Campos fires off a right hook. Vinicius throws a nice knee and combination and Campos is hurt! Vinicius swarms him and just UNLOADS a huge flurry of blows against Campos along the fence. The crowd is going insane and Campos is out on his feet. The ref steps in and puts a stop to it. Once Vinicius stopped punching, Campos drops in a heap to the ground.
Final results: Marcos Vinicius defeats Wagner Campos via TKO at 1:04 of round three
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Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira (145-pound limit):
Round one: Both men are doing a nice staring contest in the first 45 seconds and Arantes throws a big body kick to get the crowd going. Arantes is active with the kicks, landing on Vieira. Big right hand from Arantes and Vieira takes him down immediately into half guard. Vieira drops a few short elbows thinking about passing his guard and he transitions to side control, dropping some left punches. Vieira tries an aggressive transition into an arm triangle but Arantes saves himself and retains full guard. Vieira postures up and drops a few punches and passes again to side control. He's got 30 seconds to work and Arantes again hip escapes to full guard. 10-9 Vieira
Round two: Arantes keeps the bout standing early, scoring with leg kicks and a solid flying knee. Vieira has not tried to take the fight to the ground and Arantes continues to land nice head, body and leg kicks from a distance. Big winging left hand misses for Vieira. Vieira attempts to shoot in and gets denied with ease. Nice punch from Arantes and Vieira is moving backwards. Vieira aggressively pushes forwards but the punches are pretty ugly and Arantes easily avoids them, returning fire with a leg kick. Huge left jab for Arantes as Vieira was thinking about a spinning attack. HUGE spinning wheel kick connects for Vieira and Arantes is stunned. Vieira charges in but Arantes defends himself and Arantes actually scores a takedown at the end of the frame. 10-9 Arantes
Round three: Not much happening here early both men are doing a lot of staring again. Arantes lands a few jabs then fakes the jab before connecting with a solid leg kick. Big combination from Arantes and Vieira stumbles backwards. Vieira shoots in for a takedown but gets stuffed and Vieira falls to his back, pulling guard. Arantes lands some solid punches from above but now Vieira has him tied up on the ground with 90 seconds to work. The referee stands them up with one minute left and Arantes throws a spinning back kick which nails Vieira. Vieira tries to throw a spinning wheel kick in response but it whiffs this time. Arantes plays it safe in the final 15 seconds. 10-9 Arantes
Final results: The fight is ruled a draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
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