Less than 24 hours after hosting UFC on FX4 the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be in Brazil for UFC 147: Silva Vs Franklin II on June 23. The event will cap off a jam packed weekend of mixed martial arts action and features a main event rematch between Rick “Ace” Franklin and Wanderlei “the Axe Murderer” Silva. Although the organizations pay-per-view serving does not provide fans with much star power, the seemingly lackluster cards have had a history of being some of the UFC’s most exciting events.
With Vitor Belfort succumbing to the rampant injury bug that has bitten many of fighters on the UFC roster, former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will step in to take on “the Axe Murderer” after a 16-month layoff. Some of the big questions in this match will be the possible ring rust for “Ace” and the fading chin of Silva. With their first bout ending in a close unanimous decision forFranklin, Silva will be looking to avenge the loss and make it two in a row inside the octagon. As both fighters enter the twilight of their careers and become less durable, it is highly unlikely that this fight will reach the final bell. You heard it here; someone will be taking a nap inside the octagon.
In the highly anticipated co-main event of the evening (note the sarcasm) Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum will look to put his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills on display against the streaking Mike Russow. Although Russow is on an impressive eleven fight winning streak in the UFC, I do not expect too many people will be running to their phones or TV remotes to order the fights based on this bout. No disrespect is intended towards the fighters and their abilities but “Vai Cavalo” is a relatively unentertaining fighter unless he can grab on to a loose limb early in the fight and Russow does not have the name recognition as of yet.
The main card will also feature two fights that will crown The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil’s featherweight and middleweight season winners. Rony Mariano Bezerra will take on Godofredo Castro in the 145-pound finale and Daniel Sarafian will throw leather against Cesar Ferreira. Rounding out the main card action, Yuri Alcantara will look to extend his impressive winning streak to fourteen in his bout against Hacran Diaz.
Not surprisingly, the undercard will feature a slue of Brazilian newcomers who will look to make their mark and impress the UFC brass.
Preliminary Card (FX Channel):
145 lbs.: Rodrigo Damm vs. Medeiros Anistavio
185 lbs.: Francisco Drinaldo vs. Delson Heleno
185 lbs.: John Teixeira vs. Hugo Viana
185 lbs.: Leonardo Mafra Teixeira vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo
Preliminary Card (Facebook):
145 lbs.: Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini vs. Wagner Campos
145 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira
Although there aren’t many breathtaking storyline on this card, a few interesting questions arise. Will Rich Franklin have the ability to pull another “ace” from his sleeve and expose Silva as nothing more than a shell of his old self? Can “the Axe Murderer” prove that his nickname still holds some truth? Will we see a new Brazilian phenom emerge from one of the less hyped UFC pay-per-views in recent memory? Stay tuned on June 23 and make sure you check out all of the predictions here at kamikazeoverdirve.net.
Godofredo Pepey 9-0-0 vs Rony Mariano Bezerra 11-3-0
In the Featherweight division (9-0-0) Godofredo Pepey battles Ronny Jason Mariano Bezerra (11-3-0). Pepey has an undefeated record while Bezerra holds an impressive 10-3 record winning 5 straight. Jason scored a TKO victory over Dileno Lopes to get into the house while Pepey defeated Johnny Goncalves by triangle choke to earn his spot. Jason was the first overall pick in the tournament and was one of the favorites to win the whole thing. His first fight in the house was against Anistavio Gasparzinho. Jason ended up submitting him in the first round and then would take on Hugo Wolverine in the semis. This fight was close but Mariano pulled off the unanimous decision. Pepey fought Wagner Galeto in the quarters winning by unanimous decision. In the semis he forced Marcos Vinicius Vina to submit in the second round. Both are great Jiu jitsu fighters with the slight advantage going to Pepey. I have a feeling that since both guys are good on the ground, they will cancel each other out leading to a stand up battle where I Think Jason has the upper hand. So my prediction is Ronny Mariano Bezerra to defeat Godofredo Pepey by TKO.
Cezar Ferreira 5-2-0 vs Sergio Moraes 6-2-0
In the middleweight division (6-2-0) Sergio Serginho Moraes takes on Cesar Mutante Ferreira (5-2-0). Moraes submitted Thiago Relain the elimination round while Mutante submitted Gustavo Sampaio. Mutante forced Delson Pé de Chumbo to tap in the quarterfinals but was then knocked out by Daniel Sarafian in the semis. Sarafian was forced out of the tournament finals which opened the door for Moraes to take his place. Mutante submitted Leonardo Macarrão in the quarterfinals and then probably earned KO of the season knocking out Thiago Bodão with a highlight reel head kick. Mutante was the first pick for team Vitor and he is a very well rounded fighter with great striking and KO power. I think this fight will stay standing because both fighters are BJJ black belts. I think Mutante will be too much for Moraes and should take him out pretty early in the fight. So my prediction in Cesar Ferreira to defeat Sergio Moraes by knockout.