Call Security: Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva Announced as TUF Brazil 3 Coaches

The UFC fight that has the most backstory and bad blood is finally going to happen. Chael Sonnen has been booked opposite Wanderlei Silva as coaches of the third season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Dana White revealed the news on “Fox Sports Live” last night:

Hype has been building since Sonnen repeatedly trashed many of the top Brazilian fighters, leading to an awkward conversation between Sonnen and “The Axe Murderer” in a van ride. After much trash was talked, Silva confronted Sonnen at the Mr. Olympia expo in Las Vegas, leading to a video release of the scuffle.

The fight was never signed, because Silva was reportedly unhealthy, and then he wanted a cut of the pay-per-view revenue. It looks like the red tape has finally been bypassed and the two mortal enemies will go to war. Silva has been dealing with some health issues that need to get cleared up before he can give “The American Gangster” a run for his money.

Sonnen is slated to face off with former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans on the co-main event of UFC 167 next month, and a win over “Suga” could have him knocking on the door of yet another title shot. HE recently impressed with a dominant first round submission over Shogun Rua at UFC Fight Night 26.

But fighting Wand is just something Sonnen has to get over with. Kudos to the UFC for finally getting the fight booked, as their back-and-forth was beginning to become all style and no substance.

The season leading up to the show is guaranteed to feature quite the tense lead-in. It’s hard to think that these two foes can keep their hands off one another long enough to film the show, but we’ll see. What are your thoughts on the show? Does Silva stand a chance at defeating “Uncle Chael?”



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    October 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Well… to paint with a broad brush here… Chael is an act… WWE style…. and we (in the US) get it. The question is… will the Brazilians make the connection or do they think everything he says is literal? Not saying Brazilians are ignorant… there is just a cultural gap IMO. Even though it's an act… I think there is real danger with this decision.

    I don't see Silva winning this one and I wouldn't not want to be Chael leaving the area.

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    October 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Chael haters: Chael is afraid of Wanderlei…. Wait what?

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    October 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Chael is the f**ing man…..balls of steel….Brasilians will give him respect I think for the courage to step up!!!! This is awesome!

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    October 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Btw I hope thy launch WWE here so we can close that cultural gap to the US.

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      October 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      I hope so as well… meaning… Chael is an act… although he does bring the fight for the most part. But… from my perspective… with all the hate coming out of Brazil for this guy… I have a feeling (could be 100% wrong) many Brazilians think he isn't acting and would want to harm him.

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        October 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        Wow, how many Brazilians have you spoken to? So US gets it that its all an act and Brazilians don't? I'm Asian, so do we belong in the inner circle or do we not get it too? wow, just wow

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          October 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm

          I can't recall where I read it… but… from my understanding… Chael has received death threats over his comments about Brazilians. I’ve lived all over the globe… and from my experiences, (Not always) but often more times than not, there is a disconnection with how other cultures (including ours) interpret language and meaning. Especially with sarcasm and slang. Insults can be taken to another level. I’m sure plenty of Brazilians think his antics are nothing more than that… but… I have a feeling, there are others who take what Chael says literally. Yes… as I mentioned in the original post… I was painting with a broad brush. This isn't a racial conversation… I was simply stating with our cultural differences… there is a large possibility not everyone gets Chael’s act. Perfect example… read André Amorim's comments above.

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    October 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    He's not too bad as a Tuf Coach, doesn't get all crazy. I think him training the Brazilian fighters will change a lot of the animosity. Plus a crazy attacker there will hurt Brazil's image from the UFC.

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    Mike Drahota

    October 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Yeah bigtime. Hope it doesn't happen.

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      October 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      I only see it happening Mike if the security gets a bit relaxed after the early weeks and some knob explodes…But too much is on the line for these up and comers. If Sonnen starts walking the streets of Brasil alone he may have a problem but he will be going from the international airport to a secure 5 star hotel and then to TUF gym with probably two personal body guards. He will also have the backup of his team I imagine. They will soon see he is a good guy there to help them win.
      I believe this will completely change Chaels' reputation and likability with the brazilians. There is not going to be any making fun of brazil. Chael will be strictly business with the odd confrontation with wanderlei for the ratings.

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    André Amorim

    October 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm


    WAR WAND!!

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    October 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    this is stupid. its called tuf brazil for a reason. No1 is gonna wanna be on chaels team first cause all of brazil hates him and second he cant speak spanish, how the hell is he gonna coach. i would have loved to see this for the american version

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    October 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Chael, like America, would SMASH Wanderlei, like Brazil, in a fight. That being fact, how can I apply to be Chael's security force?

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    October 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Security won't be enough…To many Brazilians will try to hurt Chael…Way to many crazy people everywhere..Not only in Brazil… EVERYWHERE…Terrible decision by Dana.

    Chael Va Hacia La Boca Del Lobo….

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    October 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    TUF USA Vs Brazil

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    October 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    It will be pretty funny to see Chael choosing Brazilian fighters to be on his team that want to get on team wanderlei and want nothing to do with him.

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    October 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Brazilian Police do not mess around! They will straight up shoot your azz.

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    October 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    He did win me over…he is very entertaining and a good fighter….He is trying to make some money….also if I were a fighter at this TUF I would pray to be on his team….rare opportunity to learn some MMA wrestling from one of the very best…..We have the best BJJ guys and also some of the very best strikers….we need some strong wrestling do well in the current MMA rules.

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