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.
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The 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.