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‘Mineirinho’ Stadium in Belo Horizonte Official Host for UFC 147

The UFC sent out a press release today confirming the “Mineirinho” stadium (Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil as the official site of the UFC 147 fight card.

UFC 147 was initially scheduled for a stadium in Rio de Janeiro and would have featured the highly-anticipated rematch between UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Conflict with the United Nations’ Rio+20 conference saw the title fight bumped up to UFC 148 and the card’s location change.

Now, UFC 147 is to be headlined by a middleweight match up between Brazilian MMA icons Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort. The two seasoned vets fought each other at UFC Brazil in 1998, with Belfort earning a quick TKO win over Silva that’s been immortalized in highlight videos since. The two fighters recently coached opposing teams on the first international edition of The Ultimate Fighter, TUF: Brazil.

The last episode of the previously taped show will air a week before UFC 147, with the show’s finals matches also set to take place at the event. A heavyweight match up between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow is also expected for the card, which is scheduled to take place on June 23.


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