Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva Named TUF Brazil Coaches

December 13, 2011
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A rivalry will finally be settled during the first ever Ultimate Fighter: Brazil as Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort square off as coaches.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement on Tuesday at a press conference in Brazil.

Silva and Belfort are no strangers to each other. The legendary Brazilians first faced off at UFC 17.5, also known as Ultimate Brazil.

Belfort blitzed Silva with punches in the early going of the fight, finishing off his fellow Brazilian in just 44 seconds in 1998.

Now, more than a decade later, the two will meet face to face again in their home country of Brazil as coaches for The Ultimate Fighter.

The format for the show will run similar to the early seasons of TUF in the United States, with the fighters living and training in the house for six weeks before squaring off in a finale.

“The premiere is going to be March 25. It’s going to be every Sunday night on Globo. The finale will be in June, but we don’t know where that’s going to be yet,” said White.

This will mark the first season of The Ultimate Fighter to not take place in the United States. The UFC has long planned to expand internationally, and now they have roots in Brazil starting with this newest edition of TUF.

White, along with several UFC officials, traveled to Brazil for the open tryouts on Monday. Cast selection will be announced at a later date.

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will also air in some fashion in the United States, and as of last week the rumors were for it to show on Fuel TV, although nothing has been announced yet.

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  • BUZZING.CANT WAIT.i think belfort wins the fight, easy…

  • Not sure how I feel about this one.

  • KBEsq

    No offense Wandy, but no way. You couldn’t do it in your prime, and I really don’t think you’re going to do it now.

    Best of luck, though =)

  • Scotty B

    This will be an awesome show and an awesome matchup between these to legendary fighters! I think it’s about time for both of them to call it quits though after one more fight or two maybe..

  • mmafan7

    What are you, stupid? Why would Belfort retire. Ya Silva knocked him out, but he dominated Akiyama, and he dominated Franklin… ya and I know they’re not top tier fighters in the division. But I highly doubt Bisping (who I do like) could hold a candle to him. Not to mention Sonnen, he’s too strong to get ground and pounded by him. Who else, Maia.. He’s get ko’d faster than the Marquardt fight, and Munoz’s standup isn’t anywhere near Belfort’s. I’d like to see a rematch with Hendo.. his endurance clearly isn’t what it used to be and would make an interesting matchup

  • T Spoon

    As a Silva fan, I really dont like this match-up. Belfort does have some vicious power in his hands, along with pinpoint boxing. Silva does have have power in his hands too, but his boxing isn’t where Belforts is. That being said, this isn’t a Boxing match, and there are many other tools for both fighters to use. I just hope Silva dosen’t stand in front of him and go for a slugfest.

  • shakejunt

    does this mean rumble vs vitor is off? or is this a plan regardless of win-lose in that fight?

    • jmat13

      I don’t know if that fight was official. It could be a thing like Mayhem switching to Bisbing though. But the Axe vs. Phenom? Who cares? It does make more sense. It does make one wonder. Who will Rumble face in his first 85 fight? I think Aaron Simpson would be a great test.

  • TSPakaTony

    Left hook and a couple hammer fists and so long wandy it’s been a pleasure!

  • They’re not fighting,like when mat hughes and rich frankin ere coaches,,,, vitor and silva are not gonna face eachother

  • RealmmaFan

    there not gonna fight good cause this fight just doesnt make sense anymore..

  • jmat13

    Wow. If you know, study and truely love MMA than this is a dream. I will have to get better with my portugues but I will have no problem reading subtitles! 2 of the biggest legends of the sport! Thank you Dana and the UFC!

  • fsunoles09

    my only question is y silva, cung le is good and all but this is a pretty major step for somebody dana was talkin to about retirement a fight or 2 ago

  • juniorbra

    I would love to see Wand win this fight but i dont think so….