The Ultimate Fighter has gone global. UFC President Dana White announced today that Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will be the first coaches of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil,” which will be coming out spring of 2012.
White commented on how he felt the show would do at a press conference in Rio de Janerio,“This show in the United States is huge — it’s one of the longest-running reality shows. It’s incredibly popular, it’s been huge for us there. We think it’s going to be 1,000 times bigger in Brazil. The amount of talent that’s in this country right now? There’s an undiscovered Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, Vitor Belfort or Wanderlei Silva.”
The finale of the show will be aired in both Brazil and Ameirca, where Belfort and Silva will rematch after 14 years. The two originally fought in 1998, at the UFC’s first event in Brazil, where Belfort TKO’d Silva in just 44 seconds of the first round. But, the fighters say when they meet in the Octagon again, it won’t be a rematch but a new fight altogether.
“It’s a great honor to fight against Wanderlei,” Belfort said. “I see it as a new fight and not a rematch.”
“I think the first fight was very quick, I couldn’t perform as well as I wanted to,” Silva said. “I think this is one of the biggest rematches in all of modern MMA and I’m very pleased to give this to my fans and to once again fight in Brazil. This is a dream.”
*Source: MMA Fighting