The Brazilian version of the UFC® reality show premieres on April 5th with Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and Mauricio Shogun as coaches
Rio de Janeiro – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced this Wednesday, March 18, the names of the 32 bantamweight and lightweight fighters who will be part of the reality show's fourth season. During the first two episodes of the season, the athletes of each division will fight each other in qualifying fights. Only the 16 winners will move on to the TUF house, where they will live, train and fight each other.
Once in the house, the fighters will be split into two teams of eight, that will have UFC legends as leaders: Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and Mauricio Shogun. The coaches will have the help of assistant coaches Rogerio "Minotouro" Nogueira, for Team Nogueira, and Demian Maia, for Team Shogun. Every week, fighters will face each other to determine who will advance in the competition. The two finalists from each division will fight on at an UFC event in Brasil. The winners will sign a contract with the UFC and will be named “The Ultimate Fighter”.
“I always dreamed of being one of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” coaches. And to have this dream come true this season was awesome. This is the first time the show is going to Vegas, which is the heart of the UFC, and the bantamweight and lightweight divisions are great for the Brazilian's body types, and those divisions are full of talent. The technical level was really high and I can guarantee this season will be exciting,” said Mauricio Shogun.
The heavyweight Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira remembered the challenge of working with a team already chosen. The fighter became the coach of the team that been chosen by Anderson Silva. “The beginning was difficult because we didn't know the guys, we haven't studied their styles. But we accepted the challenge, we worked with Anderson's coaches and everything went well. It was an amazing experience to be able to work with young fighters who have the dream of fighting in the UFC and share those moments with them.”
The oficial website of the show's new season has all the information and photos of the fighters: www.ufc.com.br/tuf
The 32 fighters were chosen among hundreds of candidates who applied for the first cast selection in Rio de Janeiro, in October 2014. Aged between 21 and 33, the fighters came from different parts of the country in seach of a UFC contract. They went through record analysis, interviews, medical exams, and ability tests.
The “The Ultimate Fighter® Brazil” already crowned as winners Rony Jason and Cezar Mutante in first season, Leo Santos in the second, and Antônio Cara de Sapato and Warlley Alves in it's third.