Information that came into the GRACIEMAG.com newsroom this week: Junior Cigano has already called up the coaches to take part in his team to shoot The Ultimate Fighter, the reality show responsible for UFC entering mainstream America. To help his team overcome that of Brock Lesnar, Cigano is relying on Brazilian Rafael Alejarra, as physical conditioning coach, Antonio Peinado, a Jiu-Jitsu champion, and Luiz Dórea, boxing coach to stars like former world champion Acelino Popó. Another one in the outfit is Billy Scheibe, muay thai coach. Rodrigo Artilheiro was set to be on the team as wrestling coach but hasn’t been confirmed yet.
José Aldo first UFC title defense scheduled
On an eleven-fight winning streak, José Aldo now knows the date for his UFC debut. The Brazilian’s first UFC challenger will be Marck Hominick, should the Canadian make it past George Roop at tomorrow’s UFC “Fight for the Troops 2” event.
Paulo Thiago to face Johnny Hendricks
Brazilian elite police force officer Paulo Thiago will be back in the cage. Coming off back-to-back losses, the black belt will need to beat Johnny Hendricks, his next opponent, who is coming off his first loss in MMA, with nine wins. According to MMAJunkie.com, the fight will feature at the March 3 UFC on Versus 3 event in Kentucky.