Rich Franklin in at UFC 147 and Patrick Cote in at UFC 148

Maggie Hendricks

Vitor Belfort's broken hand resulted in shuffling of the fight cards at UFC 147 and 148. Rich Franklin has stepped in to fight Wanderlei Silva in the main event at UFC 147 in Brazil, and Patrick Cote will return to the UFC to fight Cung Le at UFC 148.

The Franklin-Silva bout will be fought at a catchweight of 195 lbs. It's a rematch of their 2009 bout that was won by Franklin in a close decision and earned both fighters a Fight of the Night bonus.

Franklin has once again proved his company man status. The former middleweight champ has stepped in to coach "The Ultimate Fighter" after Tito Ortiz was dismissed from coaching in the 11th season, knocked out Chuck Liddell with a broken arm not long after TUF, and fought at catchweights so that he could face the competition the UFC wanted.

Cote is getting another shot at the UFC after getting cut in 2010. He went from a title shot at UFC 90 to a three-fight losing skid. Since then, he won four fights outside the UFC and lobbied for a chance to return to the Octagon.


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