The UFC is blowing up in South America and there’s a bunch of news to report. Well … semi-news. Quasi-news. Rumored news. First up:
Extra Globo, a major news outlet in Brazil, is reporting that Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort will coach the two teams in the series, which is set to begin in March 2012.
The newspaper is part of the massive Globo Organization. Its television arm recently struck a deal with the UFC to broadcast the promotion’s events and is also the future home of TUF in Brazil.
So you’d think the newspaper arm of the group that is broadcasting the UFC would know what they’re talking about, right? Maybe not.
When contacted by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), UFC officials today shot down reports that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and fellow Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort have been tapped coaches for “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”
“We have not had one conversation about coaches,” one official said.
Well, that speculation was fun while it lasted. Then again, TUF coaches are one of those topics UFC peeps will lie straight to our faces about. So put this one in your back pocket and if it turns out to be true we can all remember what an official denial is worth.
Meanwhile, in the world of REAL 100% confirmed Brazil news, the UFC has locked up it’s return to Brazil for January 14th in Rio and the event will feature Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes and Vitor Belfort vs Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson. As for why Rumble has decided to move up to middleweight:
“Ppl question why the move to 185? 1st its a challenge, 2nd because I want to, 3rd why not? What is life without challenges and trying something new? Life would be boring then!!! 170 is Still my home.”
So it sounds like he’s more a moneyweight than a middleweight. Maybe the UFC is hoping he enjoys his experience up there so they don’t have to explain one day why his kidneys shut down. Half of Rumbles fights came with creepy stories of passing out, being carried to the scale, and still not making weight. Instead of stringing himself getting to 170, pumping
up to 185 could be a much better idea. At least for his vital organs.