TUF Brazil was considered a pretty big success, with the show drumming up a lot of mainstream interest in South America as the UFC put on some pretty major shows. But the second season of the show has fared far worse…
While the second season runs in full power, the Brazilian edition of The Ultimate Fighter will hardly have a season 3. According to brazilian newspaper Folha, the UFC’s reality show is suffering with its ratings and is not going to be renewed by Rede Globo.
With near 1-million viewers per episode, the season two of TUF Brazil don’t had the success of the first and is airing on 23h50 of Sundays. The second season has 16 welterweights in only one weight class and Minotauro Nogueira divides the coaching with Fabricio Werdum.
Apparently the show often airs as late as 1AM with no repeats or promotion. So this may not be a case of sudden Brazilian TUF fatigue as it is the UFC’s television partner Globo choking the show to death in a terrible timeslot.
*UPDATE* Nameless sources from within the UFC imply it ain’t so:
“The information is inaccurate,” officials said in a statement sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Globo are happy with this successful partnership, which includes broadcasts of a few of the UFC’s main events and exclusivity for the reality show in Brazil.”
‘The information is inaccurate’ sounds reassuring, but keep in mind there’s a lot of weasel room between that and ‘The show definitely isn’t going to be cancelled.’ Maybe it hasn’t officially been shitcanned yet. Maybe the UFC is gonna take a season off and only run one tournament a year. There’s a lot of possibilities, but I’m still doubtful any of them involves a third season in the summer or fall.