The Ultimate Fighter Brazil coaches announced

UFC president Dana White today announced the first of the long awaited international TUF seasons. The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will be coached by Brazilian legends Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort. Belfort will first have to fight Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 in January.

Belfort vs. Silva will be a rematch 14 years in the making for the two fighters — the two of them met in the first UFC Brazil show in 1998. That night, Belfort exploded across the Octagon and drilled Silva with hard punches, needing just 44 seconds to win by TKO. But both Belfort and Silva said they don’t think that fight is particularly relevant today.

“It’s a great honor to fight against Wanderlei,” Belfort said. “I see it as a new fight and not a rematch.”

“I think the first fight was very quick, I couldn’t perform as well as I wanted to,” Silva said. “I think this is one of the biggest rematches in all of modern MMA and I’m very pleased to give this to my fans and to once again fight in Brazil. This is a dream.”

The UFC has a deal lined up for Brazilian television, although it is not yet known how American fans can watch the show. The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale will air live in both Brazil and the United States.

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