Anderson Silva Out as TUF Brazil 4 Coach, Rodrigo Nogueira Replaces Him

February 9, 2015
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The UFC announced on Monday that former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will join the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4, as a head coach, following the departure of UFC middleweight Anderson Silva.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulates The Ultimate Fighter series’ exhibition fights filmed in Las Vegas, requested that Silva cease participation in the series as a result of his temporary suspension following the recently announced preliminary results of his Jan. 9 pre-fight drug test for UFC 183. Silva tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane metabolites.

Following the positive drug test results, UFC president Dana White initially said Silva would remain part of the reality series. That was before the NSAC requested that Silva be removed from the show.

> SEE ALSO: Anderson Silva Breaks Silence on Testing Positive for Steroids 

Anderson Silva and Dana WhiteThe UFC on Monday said they the promotion and Globo, the show’s Brazilian broadcaster, respect the Commission’s decision, which will allow Silva to focus his attention on the matter before the Commission.

The UFC has stood by Silva, adding that Silva is “a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC will continue to support him as this process unfolds.”

The series, which began filming in Las Vegas on Monday, Feb. 2, originally featured Silva and former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as head coaches. Rua will continue on as coach of Team Shogun versus the newly formed Team Nogueira, which will also include Nogueira’s twin brother Rogerio as an assistant coach.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Good. If he’s cleared, he go back to the show. If he isn’t cleared, oh boy. Just like Lance Armstrong, someone will come out of the woodwork to out his cheating.

  • Mark Bazid

    BJ Penn. com said that he passed the second test

  • Silvas_S0N

    That was a separate test. He was also tested for HGH, which he passed. This however does not clear him of the prior allegations of steroid use.

  • Joe

    Passed a 2nd and 3rd tests, but that doesn’t mean his B-sample from the first is clean. If his B-sample comes back dirty, his legacy will be forever tainted (yes, I said taint).

  • Timothy Malone

    I definitely don’t condone cheating. It is disgraceful that Silva used banned substances regardless of his situation and he deserves punishment from the commission. However I feel like NAC is constantly stepping outside of its bounds. Why in the world do they feel they need to keep Anderson from coaching on a reality show? I almost hope Wanderlei wins his lawsuit against them to put a dent in their god complex.

    • TheCerealKiller

      They only requested that Silva cease participation, they didn’t say he couldn’t continue the show. Sorry, but I agree that he should step aside.

    • snapdad

      if the ufc isn’t going to do it, then someone has to. they need to start cracking down on these guys. I don’t care if you are matt riddle or Anderson silva, if you break the rules, then the consequence should be the same for everyone.

      • Chung Li

        This is a fighting sport, What is next? Lets use sockem boppers and pillows. Steroids are in every sport. The fact that brock lesnar was ever a fighter is the main argument if steroids is a dilemma

        • snapdad

          you get the award for most moronic post. what a f**king maroon.

          • Lucas Freire

            Why? lol
            No use denying, as we are all seeing, it’s just a matter of time to see everyone falling down.

      • Timothy Malone

        They can ban him from fighting for life for all I care, the point is this is a) not part of his punishment and b) regardless is not applicable.

        a) Because they have said punishment will come after the hearing and all facts are in. So why are they making this request prematurely?

        b) What does the NAC have to do with who trains people on a reality show? You do not have to be licensed by NAC to coach. They do have to approve your second (aka cornerman) but it isn’t necessary for Silva to do that on the show.

        As I said, the NAC unnecessarily exceeds their bounds. Why did they need to make this phone call?

        • snapdad

          I believe that they did exceed their bounds. my post just basically states that the ufc isn’t doing anything, so im glad someone else did. if this was a lesser known fighter then they would have been made an example of, but since its Anderson he gets rewarded. if the ufc would have given EXTREME consequences from the beginning, then maybe it wouldn’t have gotten out of control.

        • Sir_Roy

          Problem is at the end of the season, the whole premise revolves around the two coaches fighting at the end does it not?

  • Darin

    Once again, a fighter that tests dirty goes unpunished until the NAC does it. Funny how the UFC never drops the hammer on these guys, but they always “respect” the NAC’s decision to.

  • Sir_Roy

    Career is over. Had a nice run. Enjoy retirement Anderson.

  • Your momma bitch

    He is going to come back and break Chris “The paper champ” Weidman’s jaw. So this is just a phase until he checks himself into rehab.

    • squinty

      Paper Champion? you must be smoking with the Diaz brothers. Two decisive wins over Silva (including a knockout) and a win over Machida. He’s legit.

  • Chael Sonnen had a good point on his opinion about this subject (coming from an expert), if you know you did it, just admit to it instead of beating around the bush. Dont try to be like Big Foot and blame it on the Doctor’s wrong dose administered.