The return of “The Ultimate Fighter” to Brazil officially has its coaches set.
As previously reported, Brazilian veterans Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will serve as coaches on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.” UFC
UFC officials on Tuesday announced the two fighters will square off as coaches on the reality show before squaring off in the octagon following the season.
“TUF: Brazil 2,” which is expected to feature welterweight fighters, will begin filming in early 2013 with an expected debut of next March. Earlier this month, more than 300 hopefuls attended an open tryout to get on the show following UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro.
“TUF: Brazil” was the first international edition of the long-running reality competition series. The show, which featured coaches Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, debuted this past March and aired on Globo in Brazil. In the U.S., the show streamed on TUF.tv, and FUEL TV carried it on a delayed basis starting in June.
Following “TUF: Brazil 2,” Nogueira and Werdum will fight in the traditional season-ending coaches fight. That bout will be a rematch between the two. Nogueira beat Werdum by decision at a 2006 PRIDE event in the first round of an open-weight grand prix.
Nogueira is coming off a submission victory over Dave Herman at UFC 153 in Rio. But he has alternated wins and losses in his past seven fights. Werdum re-signed with the UFC after a 3-1 stint with Strikeforce, where he upset Antonio Silva and Fedor Emelianenko. He’s on a 5-1 run, including a TKO win over Mike Russow at UFC 147 in Brazil in June.
Nogueira coached Season 8 of the U.S. version of “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite Frank Mir.