Multiple sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com in recent days that light heavyweight prospect Vinicius “Pezao” Magalhaes will be a part of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series on Spike TV.
Magalhaes, whose nickname “Pezao” means “Bigfoot” in Portuguese, is 2-2 with one no contest according to Sherdog’s fight finder. He trains out of Team Quest in Temecula, Calif., where he also serves as a trainer.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Magalhaes is a Royler Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt who has competed in several top-level grappling events. While competing for the Professional Submission League, Magalhaes reportedly recorded a victory against renowned Abu Dhabi champion Robert Drysdale, who incidentally is slated to serve as an assistant coach on TUF 8.
Magalhaes is the second fighter confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain to be a part of the upcoming season of TUF 8. On Tuesday, we confirmed that Hawaiian lightweight Shane Nelson will be involved with the show.
TUF 8 will feature lightweight and light heavyweight fighters all vying for the right to become the next “Ultimate Fighter” by winning a multi-fight six-figure contract with the UFC. Several sources have indicated that the taping for the upcoming season was completed late last week.
The new season is expected to premiere on Wednesday, September 17. The TUF 8 premiere will be preceded by a live UFC Fight Night 15 telecast that is expected to feature matchups between Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida and Houston Alexander vs. Eric Schafer.
The coaches for the show will be UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.