It looks like Rich Franklin is back in action after a long hiatus in the UFC due to a tearing of his labrum. It was just reported that Franklin will now be stepping in to replace an injured Vitor Belfort in a rematch fight against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147. Here’s what UFC.com had to say regarding the change:
UFC 147 now has a new five-round main event, as former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will face “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva in a 190-pound catchweight feature. The two first met at UFC 99 in Germany, where Franklin earned a decision win and both men took home Fight of the Night bonuses.
Silva was originally set to face fellow TUF Brasil coach Vitor Belfort in a rematch of their 1998 UFC Brazil bout, but a hand injury forced Belfort to withdraw from the event.