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UFC 133 Confirmed for Philly; Eight Fights Announced

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be returning to Philadelphia for the first time in two years on Aug. 6.

The event will be headlined by Phil Davis (9-0) and Rashad Evans (15-1-1). Davis will be looked at as the hometown fighter has he is from Harrisburg and wrestled collegiately for Penn State. The main event was originally supposed to be a Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Evans and Jon Jones but the champion had to pull out after damaging a ligament in his right hand.

The semi-main event will feature Rich Franklin (28-6, 1 NC) and Antonio Rogerio Noguiera (19-5). Both fighters were on the wrong end of a unanimous decision their last time out in the Octagon: Franklin to Forrest Griffin and Noguiera to Davis.

International superstars Vitor Belfort (19-9) and Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-3, 2 NC) is the other big fight on the card. Belfort lost to Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in spectacular fashion his last time in the cage while Akiyama is riding a two fight losing streak.

The eight announced fights as well as four more unofficial bouts can be found after the jump.Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis
Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole
Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce
Riki Fukuda vs. Rafael Natal

Rumored but not official:

Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya
Mike Thomas Brown vs. Nam Phan
Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace
Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald