The Ultimate Fighter started in 2005 on Spike TV. In 2012, the show will move to a live format on FX. That’s not the only change made to the program that put the UFC on the map as TUF will go international for the first time in the show’s history with TUF Brasil debuting in March on Globo.
Serving as coaches on the show will be Brazilian and MMA legends Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, both of whom look to mentor the next crop of UFC talent before squaring off in June in a long awaited rematch. The first time the two met back in 1998, Belfort blitzed Silva with a flurry of punches and finished him in just 44 seconds.
UFC cameras were with “The Axe Murderer” when the announcement of the show was made to capture his reaction, with Silva confessing his goal was not only to highlight the hungry talent in Brazil but also to inspire those in difficult situations, revealing, “We’ll also be showing out of the 300 fighters in the UFC…I don’t know how many came from a rich family. It’s not my case and it’s not the case of any of my friends, who like me came from humble beginnings. We prove that through hard work and dedication you can achieve things you would never imagine.”
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