In addition to the headlining bout between TUF Brasil 2 coaches Fabricio Werdum and Minotauro Nogueira, the event will feature a welterweight bout between the two TUF Brasil 2 finalists to determine the season winner. The rest of the main card will include:
Thiago Silva vs Rafael "Feijão" Cavalcante (light heavyweight)
Erick Silva vs Jason High* (welterweight)
Daniel Sarafian vs Eddie Mendez (middleweight)
Rony Jason vs Mike Wilkinson (featherweight)
Bouts announced for the preliminary card are:
Raphael Assuncao vs Vaughan Lee (bantamweight)
Ronny Markes vs Derek Brunson (middleweight)
Godofredo Pepey vs Felipe Arantes (featherweight)
Ildemar Alcantara vs Leandro Silva* (welterweight)
Rodrigo Damm vs Mizuto Hirota (featherweight)
Caio Magalhaes vs Karlos Vemola (middleweight)
Antonio Braga Neto vs Anthony Smith (middleweight)
Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 4 pm local time via www.ticketsforfun.com.br. All bouts are subject to change.
*Silva vs. Hathaway was originally announced for the main card but, shortly after it was announced, fell ill and had to withdraw. Hathaway has been replaced by Strikeforce import Jason High. High was scheduled to fight Ildemar Alcantara, who will now face newcomer Leandro Silva.
Nogueira, Werdum to Rematch in June
updated March 12
The second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brasil premieres Sunday night on Globo in Brazil (with re-airs available on TUF.tv after) and comes to a close June 8 with a heavyweight showdown between coaches Fabricio Werdum and former interim champion Minotauro Nogueira.
That fight -- a rematch of their 2006 bout at PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute -- will be the five-round main event of the TUF Brasil 2 Finale, airing in the US on FUEL TV.
The two initially met in the quarterfinals of the PRIDE 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix, with a primed "Minotauro” taking on a fairly green “Vai Cavalo” in what was essentially a striker’s duel. The result was a unanimous decision win for the former PRIDE heavyweight champion Nogueira.
Now six years older and eight wins wiser, Werdum has notched victories since then that include a submission upset of Fedor Emeilanenko and a UFC Fight of the Night performance over Roy Nelson. Add a season of tension as leaders of opposing teams on TUF, and the big Brazilians' rematch promises to be an entirely different -- if equally exciting -- fight.
More details on the event, including additional bouts, ticket info, city and venue will be released in the following weeks.