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Posted on June 19, 2012 by Jack Thurman

UFC Betting Picks: Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin
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The UFC will promote a PPV event this weekend originating from Rio De Janerio, Brazil. This was supposed to be a monumentally huge event headlined by the middleweight title rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen but for a variety of reasons (the UFC claims ‘inability to find a venue’, a bit of stretch for a city that’ll be hosting the Summer Olympics in 2016) that fight has been relocated to Las Vegas. Instead, UFC 147 will feature a card chock full of a lot of Brazilian natives and few recognizable names.

The main event is a perfect example of the UFC’s problems and underscores their hypocritical stance on fighter safety. Brazilian legend Wanderlei Silva–who should have retired several years ago and is at the point that his health is in jeopardy–faces Rich Franklin, who is coming out of retirement for this fight. The UFC has been unable to build ‘new stars’ that have sufficent marquee value to sell tickets and PPVs, so they’ve kept fighters active that should have hung it up by now. Vitor Belfort–another long in the tooth veteran–was originally slated to be Silva’s opponent until he withdraw due to injury.

That notwithstanding, this should be a good UFC betting fight. At one point, Wanderlei ‘The Ax Murderer’ Silva was one of the most fearsome MMA fighters in the world. Unfortunately, his Tazmanian Devil like fight style doesn’t age well and it turns out that his relentless attack was his best defense. He’s now a shell of his former self–he’s lost 6 of his last 9 fights with 5 of the losses coming by knockout. He is coming off a win against undersized Cung Le, who has spent more time in recent years pursuing an acting career than working on his fighting.

Until he made the dubious decision to come out of retirement for this fight Rich Franklin seemed like the rare exception–a fighter that ‘got while the gettin’ was good’ and hung it up before he became a tragic figure. He’s lost three of his last five fights, albeit to decent competition. He lost a split decision to Dan Henderson, lost by TKO to Vitor Belfort and lost a decision to journeyman Forrest Griffin.

Silva has no business continuing to fight and unfortunately is putting his health at risk by doing so. He’s already lost once to Franklin (by decision in 2009) but at this stage of the game he’ll be overwhelmed by a better all around fighter. Franklin wins by stoppage and hopefully Silva calls it a career.

Bet Rich Franklin -165 over Wanderlei Silva

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