While much of the UFC’s focus may be on this weekend’s lineup at UFC 142, the organization is also looking ahead a few months to TUF Brasil where coaches Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort will each lead a team composed of featherweights/middleweights hoping to become Brazil’s first Ultimate Fighter champion. At the end of the season Silva-Belfort will face off as well.
However, according to the UFC, it appears their fight in addition to the two TUF finals will take place on PPV as part of a massive June card possibly headed to Sao Paolo. The show would also host Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II assuming things fall into line and Sonnen defeats Mark Munoz later this month at UFC on FOX 2.
Word of the company’s plan surfaced earlier today at a pre-fight press conference pertaining to UFC 142 where MMAJunkie confirmed the full scoop.
“It’s going to be a world event that will rival F1 (racing) in this country,” explained UFC director of international development Marshall Zelaznik of the proposed show.
TUF Brasil is set to air in a few months with Fuel TV carrying a subtitled version for American audiences. It is the UFC’s first international version of the hit reality show.
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