The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) franchise is heading back to Brazil for another round of mixed martial arts (MMA) reality show television, under the tutelage of longtime veterans Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum, who begin filming early next year.
And they're bringing a few familiar faces with them.
"Minotauro" has added boxing coach Luiz Dorea, jiu-jitsu coach Everaldo Penco, wrestling coach Eric Albarracin, Muay Thai coach Sheymon Moraes and kickboxing coach Vitor Miranda. "Vai Cavalo" counters with MMA coach Wanderlei Silva, Muay Thai coach Rafael Cordeiro, jiu-jitsu coach Rubens Cobrinha, wrestling coach Kenny Johnson and Capoeira coach Felipe Werdum.
Globo brought word of the appointed coaching staff earlier today.
Nogueira has been a TUF coach before, but never in Brazil. Instead, he served as a coach for TUF 8 in the United States opposite Frank Mir. Werdum, meanwhile, is already a TUF: "Brazil" veteran, having been tapped by "The Axe Murderer" to be his team's jiu-jitsu coach for TUF: "Brazil 1."
The Brazilian head coaches will fight at the end of the season, but it won't be the first time. Nogueira won a unanimous decision over his countryman in 2006 in the quarterfinals of the Openweight Grand Prix in PRIDE.
Werdum tells Tatame a lot has changed since then:
"I changed completely. When I fought him, I was pure jiu-jitsu, had no standing part. It was only 171 even. I took both jabs in my face that got to flip the lip (laughs), I took two knockdowns from Minotauro and almost had a chance to finish at the very end, but he was at the peak of his career. I see my evolution in the stand-up as Rafael Cordeiro completely changed my striking. Today, I am a black belt in Muay Thai."
Both heavyweights are coming off Octagon wins, both finishes and both taking place in Brazil. Nogueira submitted Dave Herman at UFC 153 while Werdum scored a technical knockout over Mike Russow at UFC 147.