Adding Fuel TV to the fire. Vitor Belfort (left) and Wanderlei Silva will be able to show stateside audiences what TUF Brazil is all about later this Spring.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced that Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort will go head-to-head as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil, the promotion's popular reality television show designed to produce new and up-and-coming stars from a pool of undiscovered talent.
TUF Brazil is expected to be filmed entirely in Portuguese and air via Globo, but now stateside fans will also get the chance to watch the season in its entirety thanks to a broadcast agreement between the UFC and Fuel TV.
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"The UFC has so much content that even Spike, if you look at what a huge percentage of their content we used to be, we still needed more," White said. "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will air on Fuel TV. All this unique content that we're doing in other parts of the world, Fuel TV is going to take. I've been saying for the last six months, if you're a UFC fan and you really love the UFC, it's impossible not to have Fuel."
At the conclusion of the season, Silva and Belfort will face off for Brazilian bragging rights.
Silva has been looking for revenge since the pair first met inside the cage more than a decade ago at UFC 17.5: "Ultimate Brazil." Belfort defeated Silva in just 44 seconds by way of technical knockout.
Their initial bout did little to resolve their differences.
Silva has since referred to "The Phenom" as "mentally weak" while Belfort insists "The Axe Murderer" is "just a spectator who wants to get attention for himself."
Wandy is fresh of a second-round shellacking of former Strikeforce 185-pound champion Cung Le while Belfort must still report to the UFC 142 pay-per-view event on Jan. 14 in Rio to challenge hard-hitting middleweight Anthony Johnson.
Keep it glued to MMAmania.com for more on the upcoming season of TUF Brazil in the coming weeks.