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'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights

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The fighters competing in the first-ever international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter" have been revealed.

"TUF: Brazil," which features UFC notables Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva as coaches, streams in the U.S. on UFC.com (simultaneously as it debuts March 25 in Brazil on Globo) and airs on FUEL TV (air times TBA).

A total of 32 featherweights and middleweights take part in the competition-reality series, the winners of which earn UFC contracts.

As with the recently debuted 15th U.S. edition of the reality show – "TUF: Live," which debuted this past Friday on U.S. – "TUF: Brazil" features an elimination round of fights. All winners of the those fights become official cast members. They then compete in the two tournaments, which are the focus of the reality show's regular-season run.

While most of the fighters are veterans of the Brazilian scene and largely undiscovered talent (in North America), there are a few notables, including featherweight Rodrigo Damm, a former Strikeforce and World Victory Road/Sengoku fighter, and 10-time IFL veteran Delson Heleno. However, notable Hacran Dias (20-1), one of the country's top prospects, isn't on the list.

The full list of "TUF: Brazil" fighters (courtesy globoesporte.com) includes:

Featherweights
Alexandre Ramos (5-0)
Rodrigo Damm (9-5)
Rony Mariano Bezerra (10-3)
Godofredo Pepey (8-0)
Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini (19-3-1)
Medeiros Anistavio (12-7)
Johnny Goncalves (4-0)
Medeiros Anistavio (5-0)
Fernando Duarte Guerra (10-1)
John Teixeira (13-0-1)
Rafael Bueno (7-1)
Wagner Campos (11-3)
Pedro Nobre (10-0-1)
Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva (14-1)
Dileno Lopes (8-0)
Giovanni da Silva Santos Jr. (10-1)

Middleweights
Sergio Moraes (6-1)
Cezar Ferreira (4-2)
Leonardo Mafra Teixeira (5-0)
Daniel Sarafian (7-2)
Gustavo Sampaio (5-1)
Richardson Moreira (3-0)
Fabio Luiz Vital da Costa (9-0-1)
Renee Forte (7-1)
Joao Paulo de Souza (8-4)
Francisco Drinaldo (10-1)
Thiago Rela (3-1)
Charles Maicon (8-1)
Gilberto Galvao (19-4-1)
Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (8-1-1)
Samuel Trindade (6-1)
Delson Heleno (23-6)

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Post #1   3/12/12 11:22:33AM   

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The only name I recognize is Damm, either way it should be a fun season! I doubt subtiles will make it signifigantly worse.

Post #2   3/12/12 3:19:54PM   

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One thing it has got going for them is Andy NOT being a coach.

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They might already have Hacran Dias lined up for a UFC debut.

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Dont recognize any names but I'm sure it'll be one of the more memorable seasons in recent years.

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Rodrigo Damm is the only one I'm familiar with, but these guys look promising

* I'm wondering when they plan on having a season with Flyweights to get some interest going

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someone set up a side game

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Fuel tv needs to get the time schedule and day set already. It's in like three weeks debut

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I recognize 3 names

Rodrigo Damm (Should do fairly well)
Dileno Lopes - Bloodyelbow's #1 Flyweight prospect
Delson Heleno - IFL veteran

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Posted by shaneTpain

someone set up a side game



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Well I only recognize two names....Delson Heleno and Rodrigo Damm. It should be exciting though.

Post #11   3/12/12 11:10:39PM