Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua to coach The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): 'Brazil 4'

Promotional photo via UFC "Brazil"

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Since it's rare that big-name Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) coaches actually compete against each other at the conclusion of each new The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season, the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion decided to eliminate the wrinkle altogether for the next "Brazil" installment, according to company president Dana White via

It's hard to place blame. Impossible, really.

Therefore, UFC has tapped a pair of its biggest South American stars, former champions and MMA legends to boot, Anderson Silva and Mauricio Rua, to run opposite teams on TUF 4: "Brazil," which will feature a mix of 16 up-and-coming Bantamweight and Lightweight hopefuls once the enormous pool of 600 applicants is whittled down to the top 32.

And once those select 32 combatants fight each other for the 16 open spots in the house, production of the show will be based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Both Silva and Rua -- who as mentioned earlier won't fight at the conclusion of TUF: "Brazil 4," but were never really opposed to the possibility -- were teammates at the storied Chute Boxe Academy way back when.

Silva, who is preparing for a UFC 183 showdown with Nick Diaz on Jan. 31, 2015 (details here), is now with Black House, while "Shogun" has camp-changed his way from Universidade Da Luta to his current stint alongside Demian Maia (details here) to prepare for Ovince St. Preux (not Jimi Manuwa) at UFC Fight Night 56 next weekend (details here).

TUF: "Brazil 4" is scheduled to premiere in March 2015 and will air in Brazil (on Globo), while the rest of the world will have to subscribe to UFC Fight Pass to watch the weekly action unfold.

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