The UFC has confirmed that they will stage a season of the The Ultimate Fighter outside of Las Vegas for the first time, and it will be in Brazil. Today, a report from Brazilian media giant Globo pegged down when it will take place and who the coaches will be: UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former opponent Vitor Belfort. Filming is set to begin in March, and Globo, the people who put out the report, are set to produce the show. Here's a rough translation:
After the announcement of the broadcast of UFC fights by Rede Globo, a new feature promises to stir the market's national MMA. The month of March 2012 will mark the debut of the reality TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) in Brazil.
The coaches are the fighters Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort, who have met at UFC 127, and will command two teams of fighters.
The first sentence refers to a recent deal signed between the UFC and Globo to air UFC events on their station Rede Globo, which will begin with the November 12th fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. In terms of the coaches, Silva and Belfort are likely the two highest-profile Brazilians in the organization and it makes complete sense that they would be the ones to coach. While it's unlikely they would face each other again as is usually customary after a TUF season, stranger things have happened.
For their part, the UFC is denying that Silva and Belfort are the coaches but it seems strange that Globo would bring up the coaches out of thin air.