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TUF Brazil 3 - Episode Three Preview

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil's third season, featuring coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva, continues, only on UFC Fight Pass...
Through two episodes of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil thus far, there's one thing that's overwhelmingly clear - neither Wanderlei Silva nor Chael Sonnen are going to give each other an inch up in the competition, whether it's in the cage or outside of it. 
 
The battle lines were already drawn last week when Wanderlei threw down the gauntlet before teams were selected as he demanded that Sonnen apologize to Brazil for all of the jokes, insults and demeaning things he's said over the years about Brazilian fighters and the entire country as a whole.  Of course, Sonnen wasn't about to bow down to Silva's demand, and it immediately caused a rift that left all the fighters fresh off their first bouts in a state of confusion, wondering if the show would even move forward.
 
Well, we have an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter ahead, so obviously cooler heads eventually prevailed, and as we move into episode three this week, teams get selected and the training begins for the middleweights and heavyweights all hoping to get to the next stage of the competition.
 
Unlike past seasons of The Ultimate Fighter in the United States or even the international versions, the Brazilian competitors this year will have one extra benefit (or distraction depending on how you look at things) while at the house and the gym.  A group of young ladies will also be competing to serve as the new Brazilian Octagon Girl, and the fighters are in charge of picking who moves on to the next round each week until the selection is narrowed down to one remaining finalist.
 
It's temptation and damnation mixed in one grand gluttonous main course between a slew of alpha males and a mix of happily married fighters now surrounded by girls wearing ‘barely there’ outfits while trying their hardest to resist the feast. If the earliest interactions are any indication, future seasons of The Ultimate Fighter in America will probably have this particular segment requested in contracts before signing on to participate in the show.  Needless to say, things will probably get rather interesting as the season moves forward.
 
When it comes to training, despite their differences, both Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva prove to be two of the best at this job. 
 
Sonnen is a high level wrestler, which brings a great element to his team this season because while Brazilians are known for being great mixed martial artists and jiu-jitsu practitioners, wrestling is one area that could always use improvement.  There's little doubt that Sonnen will provide that this season, and if episode three is any indication, the impression that the “American Gangster” made as a great coach when he was last seen on The Ultimate Fighter 17 will certainly carry over this year.   It was noted last week that Sonnen's ace in the hole for his coaching staff could end up being former Ultimate Fighter finalist Vinny Magalhaes, and we once again see him lurking around the team this episode.  Magalhaes is one of the best grapplers on the planet, and when you combine his submission skills with Sonnen's wrestling, it certainly makes for a deadly combination.
 
As for Team Wanderlei, the legendary former champion has coached his fair share of fighters as well.  His style is almost exactly the opposite of Sonnen's, so it will be interesting to see how his team adapts versus his opponent’s as the season progresses.  Silva has been known as one of the most aggressive and dangerous strikers to ever strap on gloves and step inside an MMA ring or cage, but will that style translate to his fighters or will the former PRIDE icon adapt and change for his team?
 
Then it's finally fight time once again and the upcoming matchup will leave one coach in a state of confusion about the selection being made.  Without giving away any spoilers, the coach in question is baffled at the choice of his future opponent, but then again it's not likely these two will agree on much of anything all season long. 
 
One final note about this episode, as if you needed any other teasers - gear up for the first of what is expected to be many altercations between Sonnen and Silva.  It's already been talked about that eventually these two will throw down before the season is over, but let's just say the tension will ratchet up a few more notches during episode three.
 
The third episode of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 will debut on UFC Fight Pass tonight.

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