Friday, March 8, 2013

TUF BRAZIL 2 CAST: 28-Man Tournament Roster for UFC's The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2: Team Nogueira vs Team Werdum



Brazilian heavyweight MMA legends Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum will coach opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2: Team Nogueira vs Team Werdum. The season premiere of TUF Brazil 2 will air on Globo TV on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Additionally, the UFC will stream the show online for North American viewers.

The TUF Brazil 2 cast includes 28 welterweight fighters. The first episode will feature the traditional elimination round with 14 fights. The winners of these 14 fights will gain entry into the TUF house for the remainder of the season. The non-traditional tournament format of 14 fighters allows for a quarterfinal wild-card slot – in which two of the most impressive losers from the opening round will reenter the tourney. In the end, only one of these fighters will be crowned Brazil's next Ultimate Fighter.

The TUF Brazil 2 Finale will be held at UFC on FUEL TV 10.

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2 Cast:

TEAM NOGUEIRA

Luiz 'Besouro' Dutra Jr. (11-2-1)
Renovacao Fight Team – pro since 2003 (1-0 Bitetti Combat | 2-0-1 Shooto Brazil)

Santiago 'El Rasta' Ponzinibbio (18-1)
ARGENTINA – Ataque Duplo – pro since 2008 (2-0 Nitrix | 1-0 Amazon Fight)

Leonardo Santos (11-3)
Nova Uniao – pro since 2002 (1-0 CWFC | 2-1 Sengoku | 5-0 Shooto Brazil)

David Vieira (4-0)
pro since 2007 (last fight March 2008)

William 'Patolino' Macario (6-0)
Pejor – pro since 2010 (2-0 Rio FC)

Cleiton 'Foguete' Duarte (12-1)
Mota Team – pro since 2003 (with no fights from 2004-2008)

Thiago 'Jambo' Goncalves (15-3, 1 NC)*
Team Nogueira – pro since 2004 (1-0 Jungle Fight | 1-0 Cage Warriors)

TEAM WERDUM

Pedro Irie (9-5)
pro since 2005 (4-1 Max Fight | 0-1 Amazon Fight | 0-1 Jungle Fight)

Tiago 'Unstoppable' Alves (4-0)
B9 Team / Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu – pro since 2012 (1-0 Max Fight)

Viscardi Andrade (13-5)
Gracie Fusion – pro since 2006 (1-0 Bitetti Combat | 2-0 Max Fight)

Marcio 'Pedra' Santos (4-0)
I.S.T. / Pejor – pro since 2009, has fought once a year (3-0 Gringo Super Fight)

Juliano 'Ninja' Wandalen (7-3)
Renovacao Fight Team / Company Fight Team – pro since 2009 (4-1 Nitrix)

Thiago 'Marreta' De Lima Santos (8-1)
Tata Fight Team – pro since 2010 (5-0 WOCS | 1-1 Spartan MMA)

Daniel 'Gelo' Oliveira (4-1, 1 NC)*
Renovacao Fight Team – pro since 2008, last fight October 2010

* - Lost opening round fights, but brought back as injury replacements.

WON ELIMINATION FIGHT BUT WITHDREW DUE TO INJURY:

Neilson Gomes (14-2)
Champion Team – pro since 2007 (6-1 Jungle Fight)

Yan Cabral (10-0)
Nova Uniao – pro since 2007 (1-0 DREAM | 2-0 SHC | 1-0 Shooto Brazil)

LOST IN ELIMINATION ROUND:

Weguimar 'Big Big' De Lucena Xavier (17-5-1)
Hikari / Joao Marcos Team – pro since 2001 (5-1 Octagon Fight | 4-0 Mix Fight)

Bruno 'Jacare' Dias (16-4, 1 NC)
Macaco Gold Team – pro since 2006 (2-1 Elite FC)

Gil De Freitas (14-5)
B9 Team – pro since 2006 (1-0 New England Fights | 4-3 Jungle Fight)

Felipe Olivieri (11-4, 1 NC)
Nova Uniao – pro since 2007 (5-1 Shooto Brazil | 1-0 Wreck MMA | 0-1 Pancrase)

Leandro 'Buscape' Silva (10-0-1)
Chute Boxe / Macaco Gold Team – pro since 2008 (2-0 Nitrix)

Thiago 'Bel' Silva (9-3-1)
Chute Boxe – pro since 2008 (1-1 Power Fight Extreme)

Luciano Contini (8-1)
Universidade da Luta – pro since 2009 (1-1 Nitrix | 2-0 Predator FC | 3-0 PFE)

Wande Lopes Santana (7-0)
Tata Fight Team – pro since 2004 (no fights in 2006, 2008-2010)

Roberto 'Corvo' Amorim (6-1)
Nova Uniao – pro since 2008 (1-0 Shooto Brazil | 1-0 Gladiator Challenge)

Henrique 'Sucuri' Batista (4-0)
Full House – pro since 2011

Robson 'Negao' Ferreira (4-1)
Guarulhos Fight Team – pro since 2012 (2-0 Lourenco Team | 2-0 Trokacao FC)

Ronaldo 'Rony Silva' Oliveira Silva (3-0)
Nova Uniao – pro since 2009 (1-0 Lions FC)

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