Photo of Rich Franklin (left) and Wanderlei Silva by Tracy Lee via Combat Lifestyle.
Countdown to UFC 147: "Silva vs. Franklin 2" will debut on Tues., June 19, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET on FUEL TV to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for June 23 at the Mineirinho arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The network special will provide a glimpse into the preparation and training camps of the fighters set to headline the show, featuring former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin stepping in on short notice to rematch Ultimate Fighter (TUF) "Brazil" coach Wanderlei Silva.
UFC.com currently lists replays of "Countdown to UFC 147" at the following times (ET):
Weds., June 20, at 5 and 7 p.m.
Thurs., June 21 at 8 p.m.
Fri., June 22, at 2 and 11 a.m.
Sat., June 23 at 7 p.m.
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 Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow.
Here is the current UFC 147 fight card and line-up:
190 lbs.: Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Other scheduled bouts:
145 lbs.: TUF: Brazil featherweight finals
185 lbs.: TUF: Brazil middleweight finals
265 lbs.: Mike Russow vs. Fabricio Werdum
155 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira
145 lbs.: Yuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 147, beginning with the PPV telecast at 10 p.m. ET on June 23. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action much earlier on fight night.
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