UFC denies TUF: Brazil will feature Team Silva vs. Team BelfortPosted on November 1, 2011, 12:54 PM by Joey Santosus
Following UFC President Dana White's announcement that Brazil would play host to the promotion's first International version of The Ultimate Fighter, speculation immediately began on which two fighters would serve as the show's opposing coaches.
According to a report by Extra Globo, a major Brazilian news outlet, the answer is obvious: Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and UFC veteran Vitor Belfort.
The two competitors, whom are undoubtedly the UFC's biggest draws in Brazil, squared off back back in February, and though Silva made quick work of Belfort, knocking him out in the opening-round, a potential "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Silva vs. Team Belfort" would likely generate massive buzz throughout the country.
"You know more than me, but I hope so," Belfort said of the reports to Tatame.com. "My name is one of the possibilities (for TUF), but nobody confirmed me anything. If they choose me, I’ll be more than ready to help the young talents. I’m sure this country has a lot of great talents to be found, some better than Vitor Belfort. I’ll do my best to help this country."
While the Globo Organization is currently set to begin broadcasting TUF Brazil in March of 2012, which appeared to lend credence to the report, the UFC has since denied the claims, insisting that a decision has yet to be made on who will serve as coaches for the show. "We have not had one conversation about coaches," said a UFC official via MMAJunkie.com.