Via his Twitter account, Jiu-Jitsu ace Rubens Charles “Cobrinha” Maciel announced that he will indeed be taking part in the second season of the TUF Brazil reality show, in 2013. He will be the grappling coach for the team of Fabricio Werdum, who will take on Rodrigo Minotauro and his team of newbie welterweights.
With two-time world champion Werdum and four-time champion Cobrinha (who also added a fourth world title in No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu to his ledger last weekend), the expectations of Jiu-Jitsu fans in Brazil shoot through the stratosphere: could they learn something new in Jiu-Jitsu on Globo Network next year?
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The TUF teams
Originally a capoeira stylist and now a black belt with acrobatic maneuvers, Rubens Cobrinha wields a potent guard game both in and out of the gi. He hasn’t made his MMA debut yet. He will join forces with Wanderlei Silva, former Chute Boxe coach Rafael Cordeiro, Kenny Johnson the wrestling coach, and Felipe Werdum, the capoeira-stylist brother of the heavyweight.
Minotauro’s picks for coaches
Luiz Dórea, Everaldo Penco (Jiu-Jitsu), Eric Albarracin (wrestling), Sheymon Moraes and Vitor Miranda (Thai boxing).