Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will coach opposite one another on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”
As if the expected back-and-forth that will certainly take place while the show is being filmed early 2014 isn’t enough, Wanderlei has come up with a suggestion that just might make TUF Brazil 3 the most entertaining season of all time.
“Now it’s official, I will be responsible for representing our country, and yes I will make him pay for everything he’s said about us,” Silva declared on his Facebook page (translated from Portuguese). “I really need your help and support in this our new battle. Yesterday, I asked Dana [White] to do a USA vs. Brazil show. He [Sonnen] chooses the fighters that he thinks are the best of the best in the U.S. and I choose here in Brazil. It makes no sense for us to both coach [Brazilian] fighters here, plus I want to pick the fighters here. Let’s pressure the boss, let’s blow Twitter up asking him to set it up.”
Given the harsh rhetoric Chael Sonnen uses when it comes to anything Brazilian, capitalizing on the disdain a decent number of Brazilian MMA fighters — and fans — have for him is a smart move. Local fighters will be motivated to bring their A-games given the fact national pride is on the line and fans will be more inclined to tune in to support their guys.
To guarantee that TUF Brazil 3 is a huge success, all UFC officials need to do is: Simply run a few promos documenting the many insults Sonnen has hurled at Brazilians in the past, follow up with one of Wanderlei’s videos threatening to make Chael pay for every negative thing he’s said about his countrymen, and watch the entire nation of Brazil — which is one of the largest MMA demographics in the world — embrace the show.
Add a couple of U.S. fighters who subscribe to Chael Sonnen’s perceived school of thought, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship just might be able to beat the historical numbers powered by Kimbo Slice on TUF 10.
Besides, it’s highly likely that the language barrier between Sonnen and most of the Brazilian fighters — who might not even want to train with Chael to begin with — might be too much for the Portland native to overcome, another reason to adopt the USA vs. Brazil model.