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If you thought you were disappointed to hear a broken left hand had forced Vitor Befort out of his UFC 147 shootout against Wanderlei Silva (Pictured), consider how “The Axe Murderer” felt. Actually, you don’t have to imagine because Silva unleashed a lengthy Twitter tirade expressing his disgust while bashing his injured opponent in the process. “We are professionals. It’s a great irresponsibility not to be careful on training, a great disrespect towards the fans,” Silva posted (translated by Tatame). “I’m really sad. I’m ready to knock you out, you have nowhere to run. This fight is happening. I guess you got scared of me. Nobody trains so hard that breaks his hand. We use the best equipments, gloves, bandages.” Don’t be scared, hombre. “If you were scared, you shouldn’t have accepted it,” Silva added. “If you really got it broken, it’s amateurism and if you didn’t, you’re scared. In both scenarios, it was irresponsible of you towards the fans. “Pardon the word, but I’m pissed with your amateurism. A main event on the biggest event of the world and the guy shows up like that.” It took Belfort all of 44 seconds to put Silva to sleep in his UFC debut many moons ago. Silva has been itching for a shot at redemption ever since the October 1998 knockout loss. He thought he had secured his rematch when the icons were anointed as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” with a sequel scheduled after filming wrapped on the reality show. Unfortunately for Silva, Belfort and his broken haymaker were forced to withdraw over the weekend. The UFC is currently scouring its roster for a suitable substitute to stand opposite Silva on June 23rd. UFC 147 takes place inside Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Wanderlei Silva Comments on Vitor Belfort Withdrawing From UFC 147 Main Event

Wanderlei Silva recently conducted an interview with TATAME. Silva comments on Belfort’s withdrawal from the UFC 147 main event. Belfort was forced to withdraw due to a hand injury and Wanderlei is less than impressed with his countryman. “(Fighting me) with one hand (laughs)? We are professionals. It’s a great irresponsibility not to be careful on training, a great disrespect...

Silva vs Franklin to Headline UFC 147

from the official website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship   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 [...]

Breaking News: Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin 2 is your UFC 147 headliner

With the news of Vitor Belfort falling victim to a broken hand coming out over the weekend it left the combat sports world wondering, who will take on "The Axe Murderer" in the main event of UFC 147. Well that question has been answered. The promotion had an "Ace" up their sleeve. Enter Rich Franklin. The UFC announced just moments ago that Franklin will step...

Rich Franklin Replaces Vitor Belfort, Fights Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147

How fitting. Former high school math teacher Rich Franklin (Pictured) has agreed to serve as a last-minute substitute to fight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147. The icons will battle in a five-round, 190-pound catchweight bout on June 23rd. Silva was originally slated to headline the show against Vitor Belfort, but “The Phenom” was forced to withdraw over the weekend with a broken...

Rich Franklin rematches Wanderlei Silva in main event of UFC 147

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin has been tapped to replace the injured Vitor Belfort against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147.  UFC officials announced the bout on Wednesday. UFC 147 takes place on June 23rd in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Silva and Belfort were set to make their long awaited rematch following their first bout at UFC Brazil in 1998. In that bout, Belfort needed...

Wanderlei Silva Vs. Rich Franklin II set for UFC 147

The injury bug has bit the UFC once again, forcing the promotion to scramble for a new main-event. In the case of UFC 147 the new main-event is actually an old main-event. Former MMA champions Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva will now square off on June 23 in Brazil. Related posts: Vitor Out, Wanderlei Silva Vs. Cung Le Set For UFC 139 What’s next for Rich Franklin in the...
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