Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort Will Coach “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil”

Written by Tom Ngo
December 13th, 2011

UFC Wanderlei Silva Vitor Belfort

During Tuesday’s press conference in Brazil, UFC president Dana White announced middleweight icons Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva (Pictured) will serve as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”

Silva is fresh off last month’s impressive TKO victory over Cung Le at UFC 139, while “The Phenom” is slated to face Anthony Johnson on January 14th at UFC 142. The organization confirmed Silva and Belfort will fight each other once the season wraps.

The reality show makes its debut in Brazil on March 25th and will air every Sunday night on Globo. The season’s finale will take place in June, though the UFC does not know what venue will host the festivities.

For those of us living in North America, FUEL TV is expected to broadcast TUF Brazil. However, White did not confirm that, nor the day or time it will air in the States.

Courtesy of the UFC’s new broadcast deal with FOX, the long-running series is slated to transition to a “jive-live” format where it will feature live elimination fights.

At the conclusion of today’s presser, White and Co. will take their talents to Sao Paulo for the TUF Brazil tryouts.

TUF debuted on Spike TV in 2005 and quickly became a key tool for developing fresh talent. Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra were all past contestants that parlayed their accomplishments on the show to UFC gold.

After six successful years, the UFC finally decided to take TUF internationally and determined jiu jitsu country would serve as the perfect launching pad.

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