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Former UFC champions Anderson Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua were announced as the head coaches for the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil on Wednesday.

Tryouts recently took place in Brazil for the season with nearly 600 lightweight and bantamweights competing. The series will be filmed in Las Vegas, and unlike past seasons, Silva and Rua will not compete against one another.

Silva (33-6) is set to make his return after a year-long hiatus this January against Nick Diaz. The former UFC middleweight champion suffered a broken leg last December in a loss to Chris Weidman.

“I think I can offer this next generation of Brazilian talent real insight into what it takes to succeed in the UFC,” he said. “I will bring everything I know about the martial arts, and my own values of what it means to be a martial artist, to my team.”

Rua meets Ovince St. Preux next Saturday at UFC Fight Night 56. Rua was scheduled to meet Jimi Manuwa, but a broken foot knocked the Brit from the contest.

“To coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil is a dream come true, and an opportunity I wanted for a long time. To have my team compete against a team coached by a legend and former training partner like Anderson Silva makes it even better,” he said. “Me and Anderson go a long way, training together back when we were both aiming to be stars, and to do this with him now on the biggest platform and having a chance to show people what MMA is really about is just amazing. I look forward to finding great talent and helping them become winners.”

Past coaches on TUF: Brazil include Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Fabricio Werdum, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva.

“A lot of people were worried we’d never see Anderson Silva back in the UFC. But, not only is he back in the Octagon on January 31 at UFC 183, he’s coaching TUF for the very first time,” UFC president Dana White said. “Anderson Silva is as committed to the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts than he’s ever been, and I cannot wait to see one of the greatest of all time pass his knowledge on to a new generation of Brazilian fighters.

“And if there’s any Brazilian fighter who can go up against Anderson as a coach, it’s Shogun. Shogun Rua has done everything in the sport and if he trains his team to fight in the same attacking style he’s always used, Anderson’s team is in for one hell of a season.”

The series will air live on Globo and stream on UFC Fight Pass beginning in April.

“Once again, The Ultimate Fighter Brazil was designed and developed by the great partnership between Globo and the UFC,” said Brazilian TV producer Boninho. “We’ve come up with some great concepts for this new season and supervised the creative execution of what I know will be another hit season.”

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UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez underwent surgery to repair a knee injury last week that forced him out of a planned November title defense vs. Fabricio Werdum.

While the surgery was a success, doctors found more damage once they started tooling around inside the knee, according to his head coach.

“It turned out his MCL was worse,” said Javier Mendez, during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “They put two anchors on it, it turns out he’ll be out a little longer than anticipated.”

There is no timetable for his possible return to the Octagon, as Velasquez hasn’t fought since late last year.

Mendez also detailed what went down to cause the proverbial “last straw” to snap in regards to the injury.

“Originally, he had a slight tear in the meniscus, but he was fine,” Mendez said. “He was training. He was doing everything necessary for the fight. The fight was going to go on.

“And then he was working on sprawling drills and it was a little slippery. As he went to sprawl, he kind of went one way and his body went another way, and next thing I know I hear a yelp.”

In the mean time, Werdum will face Mark Hunt at UFC 180 on November 15 for the interim title.

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva still had seven fights left on his contract that was agreed upon last year.

However, with officials in UFC over the weekend, “The Spider” signed a new deal, which is even longer than the previous one.

Silva is set to return to action after a year-long hiatus due to a broken leg this January at UFC 183 against Nick Diaz. The Brazilian suffered the injury last December in a loss to Chris Weidman.

“I had seven fights on my contract. I met with Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) on Thursday and that contract was canceled,” Silva told Combate. “We signed for another 15 fights. To make Dana crazy, I signed for 15 more fights.

“And to make my family crazy, too.”

Silva (33-6) has competed 18 times inside the Octagon, going 16-2. That includes wins over Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin and others, but he has lost his last two to Weidman.

At UFC 179, Silva was given a warm welcome by his fans, sitting cageside for the night to watch fellow Brazilian Jose Aldo keep a belt in the country by besting Chad Mendes.

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UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was pushed to the brink against Chad Mendes over the weekend at UFC 179, but the Brazilian still came out on top.

It was a stark contrast to the first meeting, which saw Aldo land a devastating knee to the face of Mendes that knocked him out with just a second left in the opening round.

Aldo showed his true warrior spirit in battling back from a beating by Mendes that left him with damage to his face and eyes, along with the rest of his body. But, despite all that, “Scarface” still would like to mix it up with “Money” a third time.

“He’s a great athlete,” Aldo told afterwards. “He’s always going to be fighting in this weight class, right on top. It’s not (like) because he lost, he’s no good anymore. He’s very good. He’s got great potential and in the future, we could meet again. And I hope that we have another great fight.”

Aldo (25-1) is likely to meet either Cub Swanson, Frankie Edgar or Conor McGregor next, but he sees a trilogy with Mendes (16-2) being a possible crowning achievement in his career.

“I saw Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fight three times,” Aldo said. “They were great fights. In this fight, of course, I’m still the champion. But Chad Mendes was also victorious in this fight, and the third fight, we’re going to win again together.”

Mendes took the long path back to his rematch, winning five fights since the loss to Aldo the first time around. That included four finishes, highlighted by becoming the first man to stop Clay Guida inside the cage.

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UFC president Dana White made the trip to Brazil this past week with the rest of his promotion, sitting Octagon-side for what he referred to as the “greatest featherweight title fight” ever Saturday night at UFC 179.

The main event saw Jose Aldo turn back the challenge of Chad Mendes and defend his title for a second time over the Team Alpha Male fighter. The contest, though, wasn’t without controversy.

After the opening round ended, Aldo landed two shots following the bell – the second of which floored Mendes, who had his hands down. Both the champion and referee stated they didn’t hear the sound due to the arena exploding.

“You couldn’t hear the bell go off here,” White said, during an interview on FOX Sports 2. “It was so loud in the arena. I didn’t hear it. My phone was blowing up afterward saying it was a cheap shot, but you couldn’t hear the bell.”

Despite that, and the numerous illegal strikes landed by both fighters, White still had nothing but praise for the actual bout.

“That’s the best featherweight title fight I’ve ever seen,” he said. “It lived up to my expectations. This was a great fight for Jose, and Chad was in shape coming in and brought out the best in Jose.”

Just like Aldo and Mendes did after, White was asked about Conor McGregor. “Notorious” is scheduled to meet Dennis Siver in January, but was on-hand for the fight.

“Jose just finished this fight,” White said. “We could have a fight between those guys in summer. Jose’s pretty banged up and he takes time off after his title fights.

“McGregor has got to get past Dennis first.”

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