UFC officials announced on Monday that former interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will replace Anderson Silva as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4. The series recently began filming, but the Nevada Athletic Commission requested Silva be removed.
The former UFC middleweight champion failed two drug tests for banned substances last month ahead of his return to the Octagon vs. Diaz. The NAC regulates the fights on the reality series, which is filmed in Las Vegas.
Nogueira will compete opposite Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. His brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, will join him as an assistant coach.
Below is a portion of the release provided from the promotion:
The UFC and Globo, the show’s Brazilian broadcaster, respect the Commission’s decision, which will allow Silva to focus his attention on the matter before the Commission. Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC will continue to support him as this process unfolds.