UFC 147 Preview: Will Silva/Franklin Outperform Ring Girls Palmer/Celeste?

Saturday night in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, UFC will be taking center stage for their latest PPV event. Ever since UFC 147 was announced, fans and media critics alike were a bit bored with everything about it. The night is headlined by two pretty washed-up fighters who would normally be relegated to the undercard. We aren’t here to complain and as long as there are some flashy ring girls and a few solid bouts we’ll be happy with the evening.

If UFC 147 and our preview isn’t for you, you’re not out of luck. Scroll down for galleries of two of BC’s favorite ring girls, Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer. These two ladies are worth the price of the PPV alone. You can thank us later.

UFC 147 Ring Girls: Arianny Celeste

Statistics:    Age: 26 | Height: 5’6″ | Weight: 120 lbs

Brittney Palmer

Statistics:    Age: 24 | Height: 5’6″ | Weight: 120 lbs

UFC 147 Fighters: Wanderlei Silva vs Rich Franklin

Career Records:    Silva: (5’11” 185 lbs): 34-11-1   |   Franklin: (6’1″ 185 lbs) 28-6-0

The main event is a rematch of a 2009 bout at UFC 99. Both Silva and Franklin are powerful punchers who like to go right at their opponents. With no title on the line between two fighters who don’t generate much buzz, it’s understandable that this PPV hasn’t had you drooling with anticipation.

Cezar Ferreira vs Sergio Moraes

Career Records:    Ferreira: (6’1″ 185 lbs): 5-2   |   Moraes: (6′ 170 lbs) 6-2

These fighters are coming in off of the Brazilian season of The Ultimate Fighter. Moraes got the spot in this match as an injury replacement for Daniel Sarafian and is outweighed by a pretty serious margin. Couple that with the vicious first round knockout Moraes suffered in the previous round and it looks like Ferreira might coast to a win.

Godofredo Pepey vs Rony Mariano Bezerra

Career Records:    Pepey: (5’11” 145 lbs): 9-0   |   Bezerra: (5’6″ 145 lbs) 11-3

This fight is another one to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter, this time for the featherweight title. Both of these fighters have gotten the majority of their wins via submission so you can expect that to be the focus of the bout.

Fabricio Werdum vs Mike Russow

Career Records:    Werdum: (6’4″ 239 lbs): 15-5-1   |   Russow: (6’1″ 255 lbs) 15-1-0, 1 NC

Werdum has developed quite a reputation for his submission and ground game and is ranked as the #6 heavyweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly. He’ll be squaring off against Russow, a Chicago cop, who brings with him a pretty impressive record to Werdum’s home country of Brazil. Will Russow be able to handle the pro-Werdum crowd? We think he might.

Yuri Alcantara vs Hacran Dias

Career Records:    Alcantara (5’6″ 145 lbs): 26-3-0   |   Dias: (5’8″ 145.5 lbs) 28-6-0

Don’t be surprised if Alcantara goes on the attack early. This featherweight fighter has almost as many victories via knockout as he does submission. Dias, however, seems to prefer to go the distance, with a good amount of his wins coming via decision. Two different styles collide here in a fight that could go either way.

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