Anderson Silva and Shogun Rua Named As TUF Brazil 4 Coaches

October 29, 2014
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Two of the greatest Brazilian fighters of all time will lead the search for the next generation of Brazilian mixed martial artists, as the UFC and Globo announce that Anderson Silva and “Shogun” Rua will coach the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

The legendary icon Silva (33-6 in professional MMA, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil), the longest-reigning and most successful UFC champion of all time, will coach the UFC’s flagship reality competition series for the first time. He will coach against a team lead by “Shogun” Rua (22-9, also fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil), the highly decorated striker and former UFC light heavyweight champion. In this season’s format, the two coaches will not fight each other at the conclusion of the series.

Nearly 600 lightweight and bantamweight hopefuls attended TUF Brazil 4 try-outs, which took place on October 27 in Rio de Janeiro.

UFC President Dana White said: “A lot of people were worried we’d never see Anderson Silva back in the UFC. 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.”

After three hugely successful seasons filmed in Brazil, the action will now shift to Las Vegas, as the 16 finalists will be flown to live, train and compete in the fight capital of the world early in the New Year. The reality show will continue under the creative direction of legendary Brazilian TV producer Boninho, who promises the change of location will be one of many exciting innovations for the fourth season.

“Once again, The Ultimate Fighter Brazil was designed and developed by the great partnership between Globo and the UFC,” Boninho said. “We’ve come up with some great concepts for this new season and supervised the creative execution of what I know will be another hit season.”

Silva added: “I think I can offer this next generation of Brazilian talent real insight into what it takes to succeed in the UFC. I will bring everything I know about the martial arts, and my own values of what it means to be a martial artist, to my team.”

Rua said: “To coach on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil is a dream come true, and an opportunity I wanted for a long time. 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!”

The fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will be available outside of Brazil on UFCFIGHTPASS.COM, the UFC’s digital streaming service, beginning in April 2015.

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  • Bulo

    Awesome!… I think, i don’t even know any more.

  • The Warrior

    Haven’t followed TUF since Rampage destroyed that innocent door in a fit of rage lol.

  • snapdad

    lightweights and bantamweights? why do they continue to build these divisions that already have plenty of fighters? they need to bring in more heavyweights, which in my opinion lacks the most. its probably going to be on fightpass anyway, so who cares.

    • greaterworks

      Completely agree. Heavyweights will be nice.

    • shakejunt

      while i’m sure everyone wants to see more hw’s, there are issues, which i will now rant about:

      The first is that the talent pool itself is the smallest.

      Next is that any decent hw talent is already signed to either zuffa, bellator, or wrapped up in some crazy m1 type contract.

      The last issue I can think of is a two parter. Due to the above cirumstances, the guys that are fighting at hw aren’t getting the chance to build up slowly and develop as a prospect. They’re crushing cans until they eventually find a journeyman to beat and then they get snatched up. The second part to this is that guys who are that big and are also athletic see more money in mainstream sports so they’re unlikely to pursue a fighting career.

      Everyone loves hw’s and the hw seasons have been entertaining, but it’s hard to pull aside that many decent guys. Hw’s don’t typically end up on tuf because they just get signed directly. Look at the last tuf brazil, some of those guys don’t even normally fight at hw.

      Anyone who actually read that: thanks.

      • snapdad

        the last hw season was nice because the ufc hw division gained roy nelson, Brendan shaub, and matt mitrione

        • MikeMck83

          I think what he’s getting at is nowadays those type heaveyweights just get signed. The ufc put those heaveyweight on TUF, but had they not , they probably would have signed them anyway.

          I agree however. I’d rather watch b level heavyweights than the “high school girs weight class” that they keep trying to build. For some reason people get angry when guys get finished too early so it’s best to put guys in the cage who couldn’t break the jaw of an infant.

          • shakejunt

            you just had to turn this into an anti-145&below thing? at least wait for the threads where mighty mouse is announced as a headliner.

            for some reason people get angry when they realize that someone half their size could wreck their day so it’s best to go into a childish JUST BLEED defense mechanism.

          • 1standarduser

            if the 125ers can wreck a heavier mans day, then let them fight at a heavier weight.

            Less weight classes means we get to see more of the best fight each other anyway.

          • shakejunt

            what you’re saying is an absolute division, what i’m saying is that armchair warriors would get embarrassed by flyweights.

    • Lucas Freire

      Agreed. Both are pretty much the most stacked divisions on the UFC.

  • shakejunt

    question is: are they going to fight? because they should.

  • Austin, TX

    Why doesn’t he fight Shogun at the end?

  • snapdad

    im not trying to sound prejudice but why does the ufc continue to go to brazil to find talent. the ufc is an American company, and even though I love all the different nationalities fighting, most of the fights should be happening here. it just seems the more and more these fights are brought to different countries the less fights we get to see on tv. and the more main and co-main events put on fight pass takes away from a quality ppv card. a lot of these fight cards are watered down anymore, due to this. it would have been nice to see hunt vs nelson, bisping vs rockhold, or McGregor vs brandao on a ppv card instead of Fabio Maldonado or shayna bazler. sorry for the rant, but just sayin

    • Lucas Freire

      Because they’re looking for money. Why would they bother competing against all the popular sports, like baseball, football and basketball, when they have the whole world as an open market for them?
      Here in Brazil MMA is only behind soccer in terms of popularity.
      Just like every now and then there are events on Europe/Asia

      • snapdad

        I see your point and its a good one. I just feel with fight pass we are now getting too many fights, which result in lower quality fight cards.