On Sunday, March 17, the UFC will debut its second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

The show will feature heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who will coach a cast of 28 welterweights.

The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian gives a brief overview of the cast below.

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The UFC’s reality series returns to Brazil for <i>The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2</i> with a group of 28 welterweights who will face each other in the elimination round, leaving only half of them qualifying to make it into the TUF house. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum will be mentors for the two teams of seven fighters each.

With over 300 entries, coming from all over Brazil and also Argentina and the United States, the hopefuls went through a battery of interviews, tests and auditions where they showed their skills in mixed martial arts.

“Minotauro” Nogueira gave his impression of the new season:

“I think the level is very high this season. I am confident that, outside the winner, we will also be sending several high-level fighters to the UFC in the future. Basically, we have the elite welterweights in Brazil in front of us.”

Here is a brief look at the cast of TUF Brazil 2:

Bruno Dias “Jacaré” (11-3-1), 26, Bragança Paulista, SP
Cleiton Duarte “Foguete” (12-1-0), 32, Rio Grande, RS
Daniel Oliveira de Azeredo “Gelo” (4-1-0), 29, Nilópolis, RJ
David Vieira da Silva (4-0-0), 31, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Felipe Olivieri (11-4-0), 27, São João de Meriti, RJ
Gil Freitas (14-5-0), 29, São Paulo, SP
Henrique Batista “Sucuri” (4-0-0), 27, Linhares, ES
Juliano Wandalen “Ninja” (7-3-0), 35, Blumenau, SC
Leandro Silva “Buscapé” (5-0-0), 26, São Paulo, SP
Leonardo Santos (11-3-0), 33, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Luciano Contini, (8-1-0), 29, Curitiba, PR
Luiz Jorge Dutra da Silva Jr  “Besouro” (11-2-1), 31, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Marcio Santos “Pedra” (4-0-0), 24, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Neilson Gomes (14-2-0), 26, Salvador, BA
Pedro Iriê (9-5-0), 33, Bragança Paulista, SP
Roberto Barros Martins Amorim “Corvo” (6-1-0), 23, Goiânia, GO
Robson Ferreira “Negão” (4-0-0), 28, Guarulhos, SP
Ronaldo Oliveira Silva “Rony Silva” (3-0-0), 26, Vitória da Conquista, Bahia
Santiago Ponzinibbio “El Rasta” (18-1-0), 26, La Plata, Argentina
Thiago Silva “Bel” (9-3-1), 22, Curitiba, PA
Thiago de Lima Santos “Marreta” (8-1-0), 29, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Thiago Gonçalves “Jambo” (15-3-0), 33, Maceió, AL
Tiago Alves “Unstoppable” (3-0-0), 33, São Paulo, SP
Viscardi Andrade (13-5-0), 29, São Paulo, SP
Wande Lopes Santana (6-0-0), 30, Campo Grande, MS
Weguimar de Lucena Xavier “Big Big” (17-5-1), 31, João Pessoa, PB
William Macario “Patolino” (6-0-0), 21, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Yan Cabral (10-0-0), 29, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

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O programa The Ultimate Fighter Brasil 2, retorna ao Brasil, contando com um grupo de 28 peso meio- médios que irão se enfrentar em combates eliminatórios nos primeiros programas até que fique apenas a metade deles. Minotauro” Big Nog, e o Fabricio Werdum serão os mentores dos times de sete lutadores. Os 14 atletas selecionados irão para a casa do TUF, onde serão divididos em dois times.

Com mais de 300 inscritos, vindos de toda parte do Brasil e também Argentina e Estados Unidos, ele passaram por uma bateria de entrevistas, exames, e mostraram suas habilidades nas artes marciais.

Minotauro Big Nog deu sua impressão sobre essa nova temporada.

“Acho que o nível desta temporada está altíssimo. Estou confiante que, fora o vencedor, também estaremos mandando vários lutadores de alto nível para o UFC no futuro. Basicamente, temos a elite dos meio-médios do Brasil na nossa frente”, disse Rodrigo Minotauro.

Agora é só esperar e conhecer os novos atletas do TUF Brasil 2, conheça abaixo os participantes.

Bruno Dias “Jacaré” (11-3-1), 26, Bragança Paulista, SP
Cleiton Duarte “Foguete” (12-1-0), 32, Rio Grande, RS
Daniel Oliveira de Azeredo “Gelo” (4-1-0), 29, Nilópolis, RJ
David Vieira da Silva (4-0-0), 31, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Felipe Olivieri (11-4-0), 27, São João de Meriti, RJ
Gil Freitas (14-5-0), 29, São Paulo, SP
Henrique Batista “Sucuri” (4-0-0), 27, Linhares, ES
Juliano Wandalen “Ninja” (7-3-0), 35, Blumenau, SC
Leandro Silva “Buscapé” (5-0-0), 26, São Paulo, SP
Leonardo Santos (11-3-0), 33, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Luciano Contini, (8-1-0), 29, Curitiba, PR
Luiz Jorge Dutra da Silva Jr  “Besouro” (11-2-1), 31, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Marcio Santos “Pedra” (4-0-0), 24, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Neilson Gomes (14-2-0), 26, Salvador, BA
Pedro Iriê (9-5-0), 33, Bragança Paulista, SP
Roberto Barros Martins Amorim “Corvo” (6-1-0), 23, Goiânia, GO
Robson Ferreira “Negão” (4-0-0), 28, Guarulhos, SP
Ronaldo Oliveira Silva “Rony Silva” (3-0-0), 26, Vitória da Conquista, Bahia
Santiago Ponzinibbio “El Rasta” (18-1-0), 26, La Plata, Argentina
Thiago Silva “Bel” (9-3-1), 22, Curitiba, PA
Thiago de Lima Santos “Marreta” (8-1-0), 29, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Thiago Gonçalves “Jambo” (15-3-0), 33, Maceió, AL
Tiago Alves “Unstoppable” (3-0-0), 33, São Paulo, SP
Viscardi Andrade (13-5-0), 29, São Paulo, SP
Wande Lopes Santana (6-0-0), 30, Campo Grande, MS
Weguimar de Lucena Xavier “Big Big” (17-5-1), 31, João Pessoa, PB
William Macario “Patolino” (6-0-0), 21, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Yan Cabral (10-0-0), 29, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

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Photo: TUF Brasil 2 Logo (Zuffa, LLC)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.