The Ultimate Fighter coaches curse is alive and real! With TUF Live (TUF 15) concluding tomorrow and TUF Brasil nearing the end, an injury to Vitor Belfort will force the coach out of his UFC 147 main event bout with fellow coach Wanderlei Silva. It’s the shows sixth coach to be injured, which includes Belfort and Dominick Cruz from this season’s TUF Live.
Stepping in to face “The Axe Murder” at UFC 147 will be a familiar face in Rich Franklin. The two MMA veterans first met at UFC 99 in Germany, with Franklin winning a close decision and both men walking away with Fight of the Night bonuses. Their UFC 147 bout will be a five round main event at a catch weight of 190 pounds.
Franklin was scheduled to face Cung Le at UFC 148 in July but Le will now face Patrick Cote. Rumors swirled that the former UFC fighter would make his promotional return and face Le on the main card of UFC 148. Earlier today those rumors were put to rest as Cote confirmed the news that he was returning to the Octagon.
UFC 147 takes place in Brazil at the Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond and will feature a co-main event between heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow.