Two of Brazil’s most beloved fighters, Anderson Silva and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua have been announced as the coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 which will begin filming in 2015.
However, in a break from tradition the two stars won’t fight at the end of the season, and the show will be filmed in Las Vegas instead of Brazil.
“A lot of people were worried we’d never see Anderson Silva back in the UFC,” UFC president Dana White stated as he announced the news. “But, not only is he back in the Octagon on January 31 at UFC 183, he’s coaching TUF for the very first time. Anderson Silva is as committed to the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts than he’s ever been, and I cannot wait to see one of the greatest of all time pass his knowledge on to a new generation of Brazilian fighters.
“And if there’s any Brazilian fighter who can go up against Anderson as a coach, it’s Shogun. Shogun Rua has done everything in the sport and if he trains his team to fight in the same attacking style he’s always used, Anderson’s team is in for one hell of a season.”
Both men are currently busy preparing for their next fights in the Octagon. For ‘Shogun’ that will come in just over a week’s time when he faces Ovince St. Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil.
As for Silva, following the broken leg that he suffered late last year in his rematch with Chris Weidman, he’s now set to make his comeback at UFC 183 on January 31st where he’ll fight Nick Diaz.
Filming for the season of TUF, which will feature lightweights and bantamweights, is expected to take place at some stage after that pay-per-view event.