The first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil will crown champions in the featherweight and middleweight divisions. The finals will be part of a June UFC pay-per-view event planned for Brazil, along with seeing the coaches, Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, square off. UFC managing director of international development, Marshall Zelaznik, confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com recently.
Filming for the reality show will begin next month, with it airing on Globo in Brazil and FUEL TV in the U.S. Sixteen fighters will compete for eight spots in each tournament, with the winners advancing to the house.
TUF started in 2005 on Spike TV, helping the UFC build a wider audience through the cable television market. Such past winners of TUF include former UFC champions Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra.