Throwback | TUF 3 Brazil, Rival coaches Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen get into a massive brawl that marks the beginning of the end of the season. Check it out.
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The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 is an installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)-produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. It is the sixth series to be produced outside the United States and the third to film in Brazil. On October 22, 2013, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen were announced as coaches for the season. The UFC held open tryouts for the show on November 11, 2013. The casting call was for Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight fighters who are at least 21 years old and have a minimum of two wins in three professional fights.
It was announced on January 7, 2014 that the show would feature middleweight and heavyweight fighters. The cast was revealed on February 26, 2014 That was the second time that Silva and Sonnen coached an Ultimate Fighter season. Silva previously coached The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and Sonnen coached The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. It was also the first time that a non-Brazilian fighter coached a team in The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil series. A new twist presented two Brazilian former athletes who had huge experience in their sports.
They were to provide counseling for their teams about their previous experiences in their own sports. 1996 Olympic Games silver medalist and 1994 FIBA Women’s World Championship champion in basketball, Hortência Marcari was to be a part of Team Sonnen. Former 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games volleyball competitor and former beach volleyball world champion Isabel Salgado was to be a part of Team Wanderlei. The event was the third held in São Paulo following UFC Brazil in 1998 and UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping in 2013.
The event was expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. The fight was originally scheduled for UFC 173 but later shifted to this card. However, the fight was transferred to July 5, 2014 at UFC 175. A heavyweight bout between Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miočić was also shifted from UFC 173 to headline this card. On May 5, 2014 Dos Santos pulled out of the fight, citing a hand injury and was replaced by Fábio Maldonado.
Mike Pierce was expected to face Demian Maia. However, Pierce had to pull out of the fight due to a broken hand. Maia instead faced UFC newcomer Alexander Yakovlev. Wilson Reis was briefly linked to a bout with Pedro Munhoz at the event. However, Reis was replaced by promotional newcomer Matt Hobar. Diego Brandão was expected to face Brian Ortega to make his promotional debut. However, Brandão pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event citing an injury. Due to the late nature of the change, officials did not try to find a replacement and Ortega was pulled from the card despite being uninjured.