With the Ultimate Fighter 15 set to debut with a new “real time” format in less than two weeks it’s been easy to forget another version of the groundbreaking reality show is already in the process of taping episodes for an upcoming season. The UFC offered a nice reminder of that very fact with a recent video previewing TUF Brasil, the first international adaptation of the Ultimate Fighter featuring coaches Wanderlei Silva-Vitor Belfort leading teams of featherweights/middleweights.
In the clip, Silva is shown addressing a room full of fighters who have designs on one day achieving his level of success as well as spending some time talking to fans at a media appearance.
“The big game is just starting,” the former PRIDE champion explains Silva to the group including a few familiar faces such as Ronaldo Souza and Rafael Cavalcante. “We just had the first broadcast on FOX. We just had the first broadcast on Globo. Of course it’s been good years until now but I think that what’s coming is much bigger. Everyone can get the opportunity. The sky is made with a lot of stars. You just have to make yours shine.”
“The thing is to stay focused. To study the art. To come in to the gym and train. Eat well, sleep well. Keep your health up. We depend on our bodies. Because on fight your buddies won’t fight the fight for you. It will be you up there. And if you lose those guys will find someone else to suck up to.”
No date is set for the debut of TUF Brasil though Silva-Belfort are expected to face off in June alongside the season’s finalists.
Check out the full Countdown to TUF Brasil preview below:
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