I thought this was another strong countdown show, though the strongest part of the show wasn’t the main event or even the semi-main event. The strongest sell for this show based on the video was Diego Sanchez.
I know that’s not too much of a surprise as Diego is one of the best personalities in MMA and he has a fighting style to match. Johny Hendricks is a man possessed with being the best. Robbie Lawler is a great comeback story. Carlos Condit is consistently good. Tyron Woodley is an athletic freak. And Myles Jury is untested.
When Georges St-Pierre went into semi-retirement and surrendered the welterweight championship that he’s had a on lockdown for years, it opened up the welterweight division to many possibilities. Guys like Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler, and Nick Diaz become more than contenders. They now become real possible champions.
But before the rest of the welterweight division gets a chance at the belt, long-time UFC veteran Robbie Lawler and the man who took GSP on the brink, Johny Hendricks get the first shot.
This is a Fight Pass-only season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3. And I have to be honest, it does feel a little more exclusive and special, even though it doesn’t help them obtain the greatest viewership. But you know what else makes it feel special? We finally get to see some sort of payoff between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva at the end of the season. And yes! Subtitles!
This season is middleweights and heavyweights. For some reason, they’ve added female coaches to each team. On Sonnen’s team is basketball player Hortencia Marcari and on Silva’s team is volleyball player, Isabel Salgado.
They will also select a ring girl for Brazil.
It looks like we’re getting fights to get in the house.
This has a chance to be a sleeper fight night card. With so much UFC on TV today, unless you’re the hardest of hardcores, a lot of these shows blend together. But this show that’s exclusively shown on Fight Pass has a chance to stand out a bit from UFC’s B and C shows.
A little while ago, Dana White mentioned how crazy it was at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil house because of a fight that broke out between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. That fight is an easy selling point for the new TUF: Brazil that will be shown exclusively on Fight Pass for American viewers.
With the new TUF: Brazil trailer, you get to see some of the beginning of the fight. It doesn’t look like Silva really sells out for the punch and Sonnen quickly ducks it and goes for the double leg.
If the show has subtitles, I may blog it for this website. But if it’s not, and all the words are in Portuguese, it might be pretty hard.
Because of that Fox Sports Live reported that Vitor Belfort is out of UFC 173 as he figures out how to try to be a competitive fighter without TRT. And we have a new UFC 173 main event. In his place to face Chris Weidman for the middle weight title is Lyoto “Dragon” Machida.
Machida just beat Gegard Mousasi and is ranked as the number three contender at middleweight according to the UFC rankings.