The first international edition of the UFC’s flagship reality show has already aired in Brazil and could be seen simultaneously online through UFC.com, but will now be distributed by the cable channel as a part of the promotion’s landmark deal with the Fox network.
“I am pumped that Fuel TV is going to air season 1 of TUF Brazil! The fights are awesome and it shows how deep the talent pool is in Brazil,” UFC president Dana White said in a release. “As we continue to grow globally, not just the UFC but The Ultimate Fighter too, we will have so much more content that I know U.S. fans will love to get their hands on.”
TUF: Brazil featured Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva as opposing coaches of teams made up of middleweight and featherweight UFC hopefuls. The thirteen-episode season featured appearances by such Brazilian standouts as UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, and UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo – to name a few.
The finals of the show will take place later this month at UFC 147; Belfort and Silva were expected to rematch at the event, but Belfort withdrew from the bout due to injury and was replaced by Rich Franklin.