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Report: Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva Tapped as Coaches for Brazilian Edition of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in March

(“Your face still has my footprint on it, bro.”)

According to the Brazilian website GLOBO, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former number one contender Vitor Belfort will be the coaches on the Brazilian version of The Ultimate Fighter, which begins filming in the South American country in March 2012.

UFC officials, however told MMAJunkie this afternoon that the report is erroneous, but take the denial with a grain of salt. Remember the company has been guarded in the past when it comes to revealing TUF coaches prior to approximately the month before shooting begins for logistical reasons. The other reason why they could be denying the report, if it is in fact true, is that Silva is likely to face Chael Sonnen in February and it would come off as though they are expecting “The Spider” to win if they were to announce him as a coach, especially if it’s likely that he will defend his title against Belfort at the conclusion of the season. Smoke and mirrors.

Personally, I’d like them to bring in Uncle Chael to coach opposite Anderson. Hell, I’d watch the whole season without subtitles and on mute just to see Anderson’s facial expressions whenever Chael addresses him. It probably won’t happen since 3/4 of the Brazilian MMA fan base don’t know what playing the heel is, which is probably tied into the absence of the Internet in the country and because they often mistake buses for horses.

Tryouts for the show will take place in the coming weeks, during which time more info should be revealed about the format and location, but it’s unlikely the coaches will be announced until December or January. We’ll just have to watch Belfort’s Twitter posts the next couple months for any tweets about traveling to Brazil for six weeks or about being disrespected at the gym.

It would definitely fly in the face of Dana White’s earlier assertion that Vitor wasn’t ready for a title shot yet, but then again, that wouldn’t be the first time “The Baldfather” contradicted himself *cough* Kimbo *cough*.

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yuntian- November 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm
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SnackDaddy- November 1, 2011 at 8:16 am
I don't think Silva is ducking Sonnen, simply because Silva is a much better fighter than Sonnen, and i'm sure i'm sure Silva's aware of that. Secondly, i thought it was up to Dana fucking White and that other Silva dude to make the fights around here, not the fighters themselves. So if the fight's supposed to go down, it will go down. No point in ducking it.
Now, i do think Silva and Vitor will be the apposing coaches on the show. In case Chael beats Silva before that (fat chance) then the winner of Silva and Vitor will fight Chael.
Gladheateher- November 1, 2011 at 1:03 am
Belfort is 2-1 in the UFC during a two period of time. Vitors last win was over Akiyama. Sexy is 1-4 in the UFC and on a current losing streak. Chael beat Anderson for 99% of 5 rounds. First man to go 5 rounds with Anderson and then Chael goes out and defeats the UFC's next perennial #1 MW contender for Anderson.
If someone offers you a fight and you reply with anything like;
"Im not interested in that fight"
"I wanna fight someone else"
Then you sir, are ducking what was presented to you.
Hes a fighter not a match maker. Employees do not get to make those choices.
Todd M- October 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm
Ah J3t's back where the fuck is XENO when you need him to roast this peanut. Also @ Karma you know you've made it when you have your own personal troll, free advertising baby.
Pen Fifteen- October 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm
@ Crow42
Crow42- October 31, 2011 at 8:43 pm
Moron and more crap coming from a bunch of people who swear they know what they talking about via comments LOL ok to be honest I'm not a sonnen hater, I think he has a great ground game as well as striking and he has somthing a lot of fighters don't (personality), he comes off like the type to call like it is but backs it up, didn't say anything so how can I be a hater ? Yes I do think he should fight the spider so I really don't understand these fags on here getting their panties twisted, overthinking other people opinions ,let me stop here before I'm attacked via COMMENT
Sabourcc- October 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm
@Crow 42
"he beat use your fucking brain"

Jesus, you sound like Nick Diaz. Shut the fuck up.
Wallly- October 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm
If you think you can, YOUR A FUCKIN DREAMER
Wallly- October 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm
I also agree with andyinflamitory that would possibly be even more boring than the lesner jds show. Just a bad idea, i actually think its just a story someone on silva's camp got going around to try and duck chael. Can someone give me a reason why silva should fight anyone else.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm
can call that*
KarmaAteMyCat- October 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm
I don't think Vitor will be the opposing coach.. He was Viciously knocked out by Anderson Silva and I don't know if you can that luck either I mean it is what it is but it looked like a win to me. Also whats with the fucking retards taking everything so Literal ? What part of sarcasm don't you grasp?
SonOfSerbia- October 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm
How bout this crazy combination: Sonnen v Belfort? Winner gets a shot at The Spider. That might work if they could get Sonnen a translator...Thiago Alves v Paulo Thiago would be a decent consolation prize...
J3t- October 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm
DO WE HAVE TO BUY KARMA A PLANE TICKET THIS TIME?! Man he better start making the try outs if we have to keep forking out money like this
FaH Q NL15- October 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm
plus. Crow42, stop using numbers 4 words
FaH Q NL15- October 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm
... Why is it odd for Vitor to fight Anderson? If Andy loses to Chael, it makes sense, considering he SHOULDN'T be number one contender as is. And if Anderson wins, fuck it, it's Vitor
Wallly- October 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm
@ crow 42. To think for a second that anderson in not ducking chael is childish. you maybe not a silva nut hugger but your a chael hater so it makes you just as one sided. Your comment was terrible.
RwilsonR- October 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm
So will the winner of this get the chance to fight Chael Sonnen for the title after he takes the belt in February?
AndyInflammatory- October 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm
Buses don't look anything like horses.

Elephants maybe.
shitbag- October 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm
@GrimJack & @Crow42 What the fuck is with you two morons being so stupid you don't know sarcasm when you read it? HELLO!? They're mocking what Sonnen said about Brazil, they were not making fun of idiots.
GrimJack- October 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm
CP what is with the hating on Brazil? Ever travel there? I lived and worked there and left with a high level of respect for the country and people. The made up B.S. & Drama does not work down, respect is real. The trash talk and B.S. will get you beat down fast.
Miles- October 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Yeah, Null. Following the post of this rumor, and Anderson has released a statement saying Vitor is a much better competitor for him because the front kick was "just lucky kick" last time.
Crow42- October 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm
Ok 1st off its 1 thing 4 the pro sonnen dick holders 2 talk shit bout brazil but when a writer does, sorta lost a little respect for cage potato I've always liked this site for no bull shit approached to MMA but this article threw that out the window. And for all the people who really think anderson is ducking someone he beat use your fucking brain. This is what mind games do EXAMPLE 1-sonnen wants us 2 believe he's the champ but lost and yet still champ ok really wants 2 fight 2 PROVE LOL key word
EXAMPLE 2-anderson wants us 2 believe he has no intrest in the fight therefore everyone writting him off when he has nothing 2 PROVE
It will be a sad day when sonnen losses again 2 that man wonder what this dick holders gonna write next(p.s I'm no spider fan just call it as I see it)
AndyInflammatory- October 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Expect ratings every day, bro
AndyInflammatory- October 31, 2011 at 3:08 pm
Belfort and Silva as coaches would make as much sense as Lesnar and JDS. Zero personality, zero watchability.

The ONLY coach to bring in vs Silva is Sonnen and anyone who doesn't think so needs to go back to school to learn TV and maybe how to buy a house.