The UFC 147 Silva vs. Franklin II Pay-Per-View arrives for mixed martial arts fans on Saturday, with free fights via live stream online and television. Fans will then be able to watch the main fight card online, or on cable or satellite television.
The UFC live streaming fights begin at 7PM EST tonight. With the UFC Facebook page, fans can watch the free fights online. There will be two fights featured, including Marcos Vinicius vs. Wagner Campos, and Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira. All fighters hail from Brazil, and will fight in front of their home crowd. These first few fights might not have the big names of the main card, but it could help warm up the fans ahead of that main event.
Four more free preliminary fights will be shown to fans on FX, beginning at 8PM EST. All of these fighters also hail from Brazil, with bouts that include Medeiros vs. Damm, Heleno vs. Dinaldo, and Teixeira vs. Viana. This TV special will run up until 10PM EST when the main card goes on Pay-Per-View.
Hardcore MMA fans are anticipating that main PPV, although it features a changed main event, and a TUF Brazil Finale match. Originally, Wanderlei Silva was going to fight Vitor Belafort, but Vitor was forced out of the fight just weeks ago, after sustaining a broken hand. His replacement is Rich Franklin, who previously beat Silva at UFC 99 several years back. Due to this, Silva will have revenge on his mind, as he felt he should've won that original fight. Can Silva get it done in front of his Brazilian fans, or will Franklin have a repeat performance?
Right now, both guys are sure fire future hall of famers in the mixed martial arts world. However, the fight features two stars who may be past their prime, and nearing retirement soon. Depending on who wins this one, the other may choose to leave the Octagon for good, although it's too soon to say.
It all starts with the free fights online at 7PM EST, and more free coverage on FX at 8PM EST, with the main UFC 147 fight card available for viewing at 10PM EST. Fans can order on cable, satellite, and the internet to watch the sequel of Silva vs. Franklin!