The fourth installment of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil has its coaches as former champions Anderson Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have been selected to lead teams of bantamweights and lightweights.
Unlike past seasons of the reality series, the two Brazilian will not face one another at the completion of the season. Also, in a change from the first three seasons of the Brazilian version of the show, TUF: Brazil 4 will be filmed in Las Vegas, rather than Brazil. The show will air on Globo in Brazil and on UFC Fight Pass for the rest of the world.
It will mark the first opportunity to coach for both Silva and Shogun.
“I think I can offer this next generation of Brazilian talent real insight into what it takes to succeed in the UFC. I will bring everything I know about the martial arts, and my own values of what it means to be a martial artist, to my team,” said the former middleweight kingpin Silva.
“To coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil is a dream come true, and an opportunity I wanted for a long time. To have my team compete against a team coached by a legend and former training partner like Anderson Silva makes it even better! Me and Anderson go a long way, training together back when we were both aiming to be stars, and to do this with him now on the biggest platform and having a chance to show people what MMA is really about is just amazing! I look forward to finding great talent and helping them become winners!” added the former 205-pound title holder Rua.
Tryouts for the show took place on Oct. 27 in Rio de Janeiro. The show will begin filming soon and will air in April.