The Ultimate Fighter Brazil premiere earns 8 million viewers

In a milestone for Brazilian MMA, “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” began on Sunday, the first edition of the reality show to take place outside the U.S. According to the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics, Globo increased its audience by 15 percent during the “TUF Brazil” premiere. It was estimated that approximately 8 million people watched the show throughout the South American country.

Unlike its live American counterpart, which airs each Friday on FX, “TUF Brazil” follows a format similar to that of the show’s previous installments. Sixteen fighters will be confined in a house and divided between featherweight and middleweight. The top two from each weight class are expected to square off at UFC 147 on June 23, with the eventual winners earning a six-figure contract with the UFC.

Before the first episode began, Globo TV offered a general explanation about the UFC for the benefit of the novice MMA fans in Brazil. Then the premiere began, with 16 fights in Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena to determine who would enter the “TUF Brazil” house. The premiere featured prominent national names such as Pedro Nobre, Delson Heleno, Gilberto Galvao, Sergio Moraes and Rony Mariano Bezerra as well as lesser known talents who also hoped to fulfill their dream of making onto the cast.

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