Silva and Sonnen will first coach opposite each other on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Brasil. It marks the first time a non-Brazilian coaches one of the teams on the Brazilian version of the reality series.
“The coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Brasil are Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen,” UFC president Dana White revealed to Sonnen on Monday night’s edition of Fox Sport Live. “Then those two will fight.”
Sonnen, of course, played it off like he was unaware that the situation had been finalized.
“I gotta react here, but you kind of caught me off guard,” said Sonnen. “We’ve had a little bit of talks about this, but I didn’t know it was final.”
“You will coach The Ultimate Fighter and you will have a ton of security down there with you. It should be a fun season,” White responded.
Sonnen’s feud with Silva goes well beyond their public interactions on social media. Silva recently sought Sonnen out at the Mr. Olympia festivities in Las Vegas, video camera and security crew in tow, promising, “Everything you said about me will have a payback.”
The two will now get the opportunity to settle the score in the Octagon, if they can make it through filming, and several months of waiting for the fight to finally happen once the series has aired on television.
White’s comments about security for Sonnen were not made in jest. Sonnen has had a heated rivalry with Silva’s countryman, Anderson Silva, in which he’s made numerous comments that have infuriated many Brazilian fans, who have often confronted Sonnen when he is out in public.
Tryouts for TUF Brasil 3 will be held in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, Nov. 11 and are open to middleweights, light heavyweights and heavyweights. Filming is expected to begin in early 2014.
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