After a failing to land the event at a soccer stadium that could hold 80,000 screaming fans as originally planned, UFC 147, which will take place on Sat., June 23, 2012, finally settled on the Felipe Drummond Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, as the official venue.
But that only came after the show lost its headlining fight.
Indeed, the highly anticipated rematch pitting Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen for the middleweight championship was bumped up to the UFC 148 fight card on July 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. That left the Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva showdown left to main event the world's largest fight promotion's return to Brazil.
While that may seem unworthy of its billing to American fans, the Brazilian faithful are being treated to two hugely popular native sons coming off coaching gigs on the first International season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). In addition, Fabricio Werdum will attempt to take one step closer to a heavyweight title shot when he takes on Mike Russow in the night's co-main event.
But that's not all.
TUF: Brazil will also reach its conclusion at UFC 147, as both featherweight and middleweight winners will be crowned. All that and more. Here's how the UFC 147 fight card looks as it stands now:
185 lbs.: Vitor Belfort 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
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