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The coaches for the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil have been announced and they come in the form of Brazilian Legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Fabricio Werdum.

The second season of TUF:Brazil is expected to feature welterweight fighters and the open audition which was held following UFC 153 was rumoured to of attracted more than 300 hopefuls.

All though no official time scale has been announced as of yet the show is expected to begin filming early next year with the show debuting on Brazilian TV in March.

Keeping with the tradition of the show the two coaches will square off at the end of it and this fight will be a rematch of the pairs 2006 encounter in the opening round of the open-weight Gran Prix, a fight which Nogueira won by decision.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is widely considered to be the greatest Brazilian heavyweight fighter in the history of mixed martial arts. Known for his outstanding Jiu-Jitsu, he is also the possessor of a great boxing game and is the only man ever to win both the Pride and UFC heavyweight titles. He has not has the best of success in the UFC, having alternated wins and losses in his last seven fights, but is still considered one of the world’s finest fighters.

Once considered a one trick pony in the sport, Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) has truly evolved into a complete mixed martial artist. After being released from the UFC in 2008 after being knocked out by Junior Dos Santos he has truly turned his career around. He caused two huge upsets with a win over Antonio Silva and then becoming the first man to legitimately beat Fedor Emeilianenko. He came back to the UFC last year and has showed a much improved striking game in his wins over Roy Nelson and Mike Russow.

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