Though not officially announced, it appears the UFC has made a decision regarding who will serve as head coaches on the follow-up to Brazil’s wildly successful version of the Ultimate Fighter. The first season featured local legends Wanderlei Silva-Vitor Belfort, knocking it out of the park ratings-wise and introducing the MMA world to a new crop of talent.
The UFC looks to be sticking with the same formula as before in hopes of repeating their previous success, bringing Brazilian icon Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on board to lead one squad with well-rounded contender Fabricio Werdum serving as the other. Assuming both stay healthy, the two will then face off in a summer scrap.
News of the pairing was first reported by SporTV where it was also stated the season will feature welterweight fighters.
In addition to having his group come out ahead on TUF Brasil 2, Werdum will also be seeking revenge against Nogueira after the two locked horns in 2006 at a PRIDE event where “Minotauro” came away with a decision win. Werdum is currently on a two-fight run including victories over Roy Nelson and most recently Mike Russow.
The 34-7-1 Nogueira is one of MMA’s most decorated competitors and has coached on the American version of TUF as well. He was last seen finishing Dave Herman in front of his countrymen at UFC 153 after nearly a year away from the ring.
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