UFC 147 Betting Preview: Rich Franklin Vs Wanderlei Silva

UFC 147 is coming from the Mineirinho Gymnasium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and will be viewable via Pay Per View Saturday, June 23rd at 7PM/10PM PTET. Check out the BetDSI Sportsbook MMA betting odds below:

Wanderlei Silva +155
Rich Franklin -205

Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1-1) at 35 has 47 professional MMA bouts under his belt and most of them at the top level, his first pro-fight was fought way back in 1996 and he first appeared under the UFC banner in 1998.

There are not many greats that Silva has not gone toe to toe with during his career, he has fought a who’s who of both Pride and UFC rosters and as his record shows beaten many of them.

He has recently been seen as captain of Team Wanderlei on TUF Brazil.
For this fight he is going to have one major factor on his side, the voracious Brazilian crowd.

His opponent Rich Franklin (28-6-1) is no spring chicken at 37 and he has an impressive 18 UFC fights to his name with a UFC record of 13-5.

The last time these two met in the cage was at UFC 99 in Germany (2009) and anybody who saw that fight will still remember it. It was not one of those fights that part way through the rounds “that guy” starts booing or calling for a stand up. No, this was one of those fights where part way through the rounds the crowd was as one in cheering and clapping uncontrollably. It was a classic.

Franklin was victorious that day with a Unanimous Decision and after it he spoke as if he was ready for many more fights. Yet, since that fight he has only had three fights all against the sports elite Belfort, Liddell and Griffin. Only winning against Liddell, sending him finally into retirement but lets be honest Liddell was nothing like the Iceman of old.

Both of these guys are big fan favourites and have earned a place in MMA history. They have entertained us with some awesome battles and they always fight with great heart and respect.

To me the BetDSI odds offer a very good opportunity, I believe that this fight is much more even than they odds suggest. My feeling is Franklin is closer to retiring than Silva, a loss must surely signal the end of the road for Franklin.

Silva probably still has a future on UFC cards win or lose, his last three fights have been against tough opponents and although he had a disaster against Chris Leben, wins against the highly thought of Brit, Michael Bisping and the exciting and difficult style of Cung Le must say he is still relevant.

This fight really is one for the fans, don’t miss it!

By Alan Devonshire

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