147 dance card continues to develop, as officials from the
UFC’s Brazilian branch confirmed Thursday that Milton
Vieira will tangle with Felipe
Arantes when the promotion returns to Brazil this summer.
Headlined by a long-awaited middleweight title rematch between
Silva and Chael
Sonnen, UFC 147 marks the promotion’s third trip to Rio de
Janeiro in the last year. The event takes place June 23 at Joao
Havelange Stadium and is expected to break the UFC’s all-time
attendance record. Also featured will be another highly anticipated
rematch, as middleweights Vitor
Belfort and Wanderlei
Silva collide for the first time since 1998.
Vieira, 33, rides a three-fight winning streak into his Octagon
debut. Credited by many as the inventor of the anaconda choke,
“Miltinho” owns eight of his 13 victories by submission and has
never been finished in his 11-year professional career. A veteran
of promotions such as Deep, Superior Challenge and the defunct
Pride Fighting Championships, Vieira debuted with Strikeforce this
past August, finishing Sterling
Ford with a first-round brabo choke.
Nine years younger than his opponent, Arantes has gone 1-1 in his
two UFC appearances. Following a decision defeat to Iuri
Alcantara at UFC 134 last year, “Sertanejo” posted a decision
victory of his own in the UFC’s next trip to Brazil, outpointing
Carvalho at UFC 142 on Jan. 14. Arantes has finished more than
70 percent of his conquered foes and has yet to be knocked out in
nearly four years as a pro.