Sometimes not getting into the Ultimate Fighter is not the end of the world. Such is the case for Nova Uniao and Jose Aldo’s training partner Hacran Dias. He initially tried out for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, but instead of having to fight his way in the house he was rewarded a contract instead. Hacran feels blessed from the signing.

Today is the happiest day of my life. Dede (Pederneiras) has been working on this for a long time, trying to get me in there, and today he came up with the contract, super-happy. When he handed it to me, I couldn’t believe it. Everyone cheered for me. I’m very happy with everything that’s happening to me.”

With a 20-1-1 record, riding an 8-fight winning streak, and having six finishes in that 8 fight span Hacran could make an immediate impact to the Featherweight division. One has to wonder if he will fight Jose Aldo since they are training partner, but time will have to tell.