10-30-2012, 04:03 PM
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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum (2013)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum reportedly have agreed to serve as coaches on the upcoming second season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil."
SportTV first reported the coaches, though UFC officials have made no formal announcement, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm the plans.
According to the report, contracts haven't been signed, but verbal agreements are in place.
"TUF: Brazil 2," which is expected to feature welterweight fighters, begins filming in early 2013 with an expected debut in March 2013. More than 300 UFC hopefuls recently attended in an open tryout in Rio.
"TUF: Brazil" was the first-ever international edition of the long-running reality competition series. The show, which featured Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, debuted in March and aired on Globo in Brazil (with solid ratings). UFC.com and FUEL TV carried it in the U.S.
Following "TUF: Brazil 2," Nogueira (34-7-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Werdum (16-5-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will fight in the tradition season-ending coach-vs.-coach fight. It actually marks a rematch between the two fighters; Nogueira handed Werdum a decision loss at a 2006 PRIDE event in the opening round of an open-weight grand prix.
Since then, Nogueira has won a UFC interim heavyweight title but has alternated between wins and losses in his past seven fights. He most recently submitted Dave Herman at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro.
Werdum, meanwhile, signed with the UFC after PRIDE, then moved to Strikeforce (where he upset Antonio Silva and Fedor Emelianenko), and then ultimately returned to the UFC earlier this year. He's on a 5-1 run, which included a TKO win over Mike Russow at UFC 147 in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Nogueira, of course, was a head coach on "TUF 8." Werdum was an assistant coach for Wanderlei Silva on "TUF: Brazil."
Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua had campaigned for "TUF: Brazil 2" coaching slots, but it appears the UFC has gone another direction.
Think that Werdum takes the rematch. I also think that the Werdum of today very likely could have beaten a prime Nog. Werdum had very little striking skill in their first match, and Nog won it with his boxing. Werdum is obviously the better grappler, and at this point, is a more complete striker than Nog, and he seems to be in his prime. Unless Nog catches him on the chin and puts him away, I think Werdum will look pretty dominant.