– Theodore Roosevelt
So, a catchweight rematch between Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin wasn’t on anyone’s radar and it certainly wasn’t a match up that the fans were clamoring for. But, with the UFC absolutely against the ropes while more and more high-profile fighters drop out of fights with injury, it was the best they could do within the time frame.
Rather than dwell on the fact that Silva-Franklin 2 – indeed, the entire UFC 147 fight card – isn’t exactly what anyone was looking to see, let’s focus on the fact that Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva are proven warriors with hearts as big as their skills run deep. Their first bout earned Fight of the Night and there’s no reason (especially considering the rest of the UFC 147 lineup) to think that this one won’t deliver on the excitement.
It alone may not make the pay-per-view worth buying, but it is a match up that should deliver what most fight fans are looking for: grit, action, violence, skill and the like . Check out a preview for the bout below.