On Wednesday, the UFC announced former champions Anderson Silva (pictured) and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will coach the fourth installment of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”
Contrary to TUF tradition, the two Brazilian icons will not face each other at season’s end. UFC president Dana White said they will meet different opponents when the show wraps.
“A lot of people were worried we’d never see Anderson Silva back in the UFC,” White stated. “But, not only is he back in the Octagon on January 31 at UFC 183, he’s coaching TUF for the very first time. Anderson Silva is as committed to the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts than he’s ever been, and I cannot wait to see one of the greatest of all time pass his knowledge on to a new generation of Brazilian fighters.
“And if there’s any Brazilian fighter who can go up against Anderson as a coach, it’s Shogun. Shogun Rua has done everything in the sport and if he trains his team to fight in the same attacking style he’s always used, Anderson’s team is in for one hell of a season.”
This season of TUF Brazil will feature lightweights and bantamweights. The winners of each tournament will earn six-figure UFC contracts.
“To coach on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil is a dream come true, and an opportunity I wanted for a long time,” Rua stated. “To have my team compete against a team coached by a legend and former training partner like Anderson Silva makes it even better! Me and Anderson go a long way, training together back when we were both aiming to be stars, and to do this with him now on the biggest platform and having a chance to show people what MMA is really about is just amazing! I look forward to finding great talent and helping them become winners!”
TUF Brazil 4 will be available outside of Brazil on UFCFightPass.com beginning in April 2015.