("Why do they keep pitting me against Brazilians? It’s tougher to smash the faces of my fellow countrymen.")
TATAME is reporting that the UFC is planning to hold its second event in Brazil in 2011 and that the promotion could possibly do a Brazilian-only version of The Ultimate Fighter next year as well.
Looking at the current UFC roster and taking into account the SPIKE TV series’ penchant for (except in a few cases) pitting the two coaches against each other at the end of each season, I’m guessing they are looking at Anderson Silva opposite either Vitor Belfort or Demian Maia as the coaches for the show.
There are no bigger stars than Silva and Belfort, but the genuine dislike that Demian and Anderson have for each other would be better for ratings than six weeks of "The Spider" and "The Phenom" exchanging pleasantries and compliments.
The question is, if Chael Sonnen beats Silva, where does that leave the show?
Sure, a title shot isn’t always up for grabs at the end of TUF, but what motivation would a non-title bout be to put your life on hold for a month and change to do the show when you could just fight the guy with the belt?
As for as the planned Brazil event, the show, which will be the UFC’s first foray into the South American country since Ultimate Brazil in 1998, will have no shortage of homegrown talent as there are currently 29 Brazilian fighters under ZUFFA contract.
Neither the date or the participants in the event have been revealed as of yet.