UFC President Dana White Unhappy with TUF Brazil Cast at UFC 147

TUF Brazil featured a slew of exciting bouts, but come the finale at UFC 147, UFC president Dana White was baffled at the fights.

Many of the prospects at featherweight and middleweight came from humble beginnings, but once they got exposure, the fame started to get to their heads according to White.

With the show on network television in Brazil pulling in millions of viewers, many of the fighters couldn’t walk anywhere without getting mobbed.  But come fight time, the results were less than spectacular and White credits it to the TUF Brazil cast not taking things seriously.

“The problem with Brazil is that thing is pulling off NFL playoff numbers on the biggest channel in the country,” White said recently.  “So what happens is, the week we go into the hotel these guys are rock stars.  They can’t go to their room, they can’t go out to eat, and they’re getting mobbed because they’re so famous.

“I show up the day of the fight and these guys are dancing out and going out and hanging out.  You’re one fight away from not being in the UFC, what the (expletive) are you dancing about?  This is no dancing matter, you need to get in there and you need to fight.  You need to go out there and prove that you deserve that contract and be in the UFC.”

The results weren’t pretty, as many of the fights from the TUF Brazil cast were lackluster decisions.

Overall though White was happy with the season, even if the performances of several fighters that were in the house left a sour taste in his mouth.  And he believes that TUF Brazil middleweight winner Cezar Ferreira is one fighter that didn’t let the fame get to his head.

“I love the guys in TUF Brazil, those guys fought their asses off the entire season.  The fights to get in the house were incredible, the fights throughout the season were incredible, and then they show up at the finale singing and dancing except for Vitor’s kid (Cezar Ferreira).”

Only time will tell how the TUF Brazil fighters fare over the long haul. But if they get back to what made the series a success, we could be seeing the emergence of a new wave of Brazilian stars.

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  1. I think its messed up they made a payper view out of the show that sucked running out of fights joe silva doesn’t impress me any a fan who knows something could do his job like this fight coming up with Faber that fight card sucks I wouldnt pay a dime for it to many rematch’s not enough new face’s

    • Run-on sentence much?

    • you do realize injuries (as well as the UN conference in Brazil) destroyed both UFC 147 and 149 right? you act as if these cards were planned like this from the beginning…UFC 147 was meant to have Silva v. Sonnen II and Belfort v. Wand II…had those 2 fights happened nobody would have been complaining but unfortunately **** happens…same thing for UFC 149…the original card was Aldo v. Koch, Shogun v. T. Silva, Alves v. Akiyama, Bisping v. Boetsch, Big Nog v. Kongo…are you kidding? thats a stacked ass card…injuries ruined it…every single main card fight was changed due to injuries…Joe Silva does a great job putting cards together but he cant control fighters injuring themselves…and whats this nonsense about new faces? theres plenty of new faces but people like you keep complaining because you dont know who they are…cant win w/ people like you…you complain no matter what…i know your bummed out that Lesnar retired but get over it…theres more to MMA then just the top 10 guys most popular fighters…

      • What’s more annoying? Things like the first post with no punctuation at all or jackasses who use … as their only punctuation throughout an entire paragraph….?

    • No rematches that I can see on the Faber card and it has Hector Lombard. Renen Barao is a new face, is awesome and is a decent favorite over Faber.

  2. Shut the hell up nerd get on deez nuts much

    • Roid rage?

  3. Get tired of people trying to be smart on here nobody cares so go back to your job at McDonalds and when you go down for dinner tonight tell your mom I said hello CORNBALL

    • @ samflchr

      Please leave

      You’re giving everybody a headache with your nonsense. LOL

      • +1 go away

        You offer nothing to the conversation and take up too much space.

  4. Kids will act like kids. *shrugs*

  5. I’m sure most of you are skinny zitty face nerds just sitting around worried about fighters and stars live’s because you don’t have one probably haven’t been laiid ever so please be quiet don’t want no lip from computer nerds:)

  6. you’re a pretty scary guy talking tough to fight fans across your computer screen,,and your grammar and punctuation, much like your mma knowledge, is sketchy and inaccurate at best. Don’t like the card, don’t buy the card, jackass. now,, how do ya like deez nuts, you pole vaulting, rope smuggling, sausage stuffing dipsh*t???????

  7. You must of been who I was talking about I’m sorry you sound gay too talking about pole bouncing and sausages and nuts this isn’t a gay blog must of stumbled on the wrong website

    • im on Sams side, way too many b****es in here calling people out on grammar. This isnt a Library.. NOBODY GIVES A SH**

  8. Thanks a normal person

    • Yep, the normal American has minimal intellectual capabilities and even poorer grammar to express it with.

  9. Maybe Dana is trying to give the similar speech like he did at TUF season 1 tapings. When he told the fighters:

    “This isn’t supposed to be fun. Just like any other job out there.”

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