by Vitor Freitas
This week the second season of the Brazilian version of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show was confirmed to comprise lightweight and welterweight divisions. Tryouts for the program are scheduled to begin on October 14, a Sunday, in Rio de Janeiro.
All the TUF Brazil candidates should be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have at least three fights on their records, with two professional MMA fights verifiable on the MixedMartialArts.com and Sherdog.com websites.
Former UFC fighters will not be allowed to take part. Candidates should bring their original documents with them.
Fighters will undergo testing in grappling and hitting the mitts, and they should bring the appropriate equipment—MMA gloves, wraps, mouth guard, cup and shin guards. At the end of training the candidates will be told whether they will continue in the selection process. The criteria for chosen athletes is reserved by the UFC and will not be revealed.
The first TUF Brazil tryout will be held at 5 PM at Windsor Hotel on Avenida Lúcio Costa 2630, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.
Chosen athletes should be prepared to remain in Rio de Janeiro until October 17 to undergo medical testing. Should their stay be prolonged, the program’s producers will pay for their accommodations. The return trip, however, will be paid for by the candidate.
So far, the UFC has not decided who will be coaching the reality show. But you can already start speculating and requesting your favorites. Rogério Minotouro and Mauricio Shogun? Lyoto Machida and Shogun? Who do you think they should call up?