Wanderlei Silva is grateful to Andre Dida 'for his loyalty' in TUF brawl with Chael Sonnen

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Ultimate Fighter Brazil coach Wanderlei Silva expressed his gratitude to assistant coach Andre Dida "for his loyalty" during an on-set brawl with rival coach Chael Sonnen on the TUF set.

Andre Dida may have been kicked off The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 set for punching Chael Sonnen in the back of the head while Sonnen was brawling with Wanderlei Silva, but that's alright with Wandy. Here's what Silva posted on his Facebook page (Translation via MMA Fighting):

Silva recognizes that Dida's behavior was "wrong", but believes he had the "right motivation" when he jumped in to punch Sonnen.

"Who has a friend stays with him until the end," Silva wrote. "The action was wrong but with the right motivation to defend a brother. I thank you, Andre Dida, for your loyalty, because it would have been much easier to do nothing. We know that you did what you did in the heat of the moment, without thinking about it, in defensive instinct.

"We met each other when we were 12 and I was like your older brother, and we've been through many things together. We got together after you became one of my coaches and we fight together ever since."

Chael Sonnen and UFC president Dana White are considerably less understanding of Dida's behavior. Silva and Sonnen are expected to fight professionally at UFC 175.

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