The popular mixed martial arts reality series, The Ultimate Fighter began filming its first season outside of Las Vegas and outside of U.S. boarders this week when production got underway in Brazil on Monday. UFC president Dana White predicts the upcoming season will be “huge.”
“I think that this Ultimate Fighter down there is going to be huge. The Ultimate Fighter is going to be huge,” White commented to the media following UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit on Feb. 4.
“We peaked at 6.6 million or something the other night on Fox. We’re like, that’s awesome. We’re doing 50 million people watching down there. There are only 200 million people in the country and absolutely those numbers are going to keep going up and up and up.”
The UFC and mixed martial arts roots run deep in Brazil. Current UFC champions hailing from Brazil include: featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo, middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and heavyweight titleholder Junior Dos Santos.
Brazilian born MMA legends Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva are the opposing coaches of TUF Brazil.
The season will consist of 12 episodes.
Fuel TV is in negotiations to carry the series in the U.S.