On Wednesday night, the UFC and Globo announced that Brazilian icons Anderson Silva and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua have officially been named as coaches for the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

This news comes after nearly 600 lightweight and bantamweight hopefuls attended TUF Brazil 4 try-outs on October 27 in Rio de Janeiro.

Silva (33-6), the former longtime UFC middleweight kingpin and pound-for-pound great, currently holds numbers UFC records, including the longest title reign, most successful title defenses, most finishes and most consecutive wins in company history. However, ‘The Spider’ has not competed since fans witnessed him injury his leg in one of the most gruesome sights in combat sports history against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December 2013.  He is currently scheduled to make his highly anticipated Octagon return against fan favorite Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 183 in January.

“I think I can offer this next generation of Brazilian talent real insight into what it takes to succeed in the UFC,” stated Silva in a press release. “I will bring everything I know about the martial arts, and my own values of what it means to be a martial artist, to my team.”

‘Shogun’, a former UFC light heavyweight champion and 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, was last seen on the receiving end of third round TKO loss to fellow MMA icon Dan Henderson in their main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 38. Prior to this win, he earned a violent first round knockout against James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33 in December 2013. He currently holds a UFC record of 6-7, with all of his wins ending by way of knockout. His next bout is currently scheduled to take place against Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 56 in November.

“To coach on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil is a dream come true, and an opportunity I wanted for a long time,” stated Shogun. “To have my team compete against a team coached by a legend and former training partner like Anderson Silva makes it even better! Me and Anderson go a long way, training together back when we were both aiming to be stars, and to do this with him now on the biggest platform and having a chance to show people what MMA is really about is just amazing! I look forward to finding great talent and helping them become winners!”

One of the biggest changes fans can expect during the upcoming season is a shift from filming in the fighter’s native country of Brazil to the fight capital of the world in Las Vegas. The 16 finalists will be flown to the Unites States to live, train and compete early in the New Year.

“Once again, The Ultimate Fighter Brazil was designed and developed by the great partnership between Globo and the UFC,” added legendary Brazilian TV producer Boninho. “We’ve come up with some great concepts for this new season and supervised the creative execution of what I know will be another hit season.”

The fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will begin filming in early 2015 and will be available outside of Brazil on UFCFIGHTPASS.COM, the UFC’s digital streaming service, beginning in April 2015.

“A lot of people were worried we’d never see Anderson Silva back in the UFC,” stated UFC President Dana White in a press release. “But, not only is he back in the Octagon on January 31 at UFC 183, he’s coaching TUF for the very first time. Anderson Silva is as committed to the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts than he’s ever been, and I cannot wait to see one of the greatest of all time pass his knowledge on to a new generation of Brazilian fighters. And if there’s any Brazilian fighter who can go up against Anderson as a coach, it’s Shogun. Shogun Rua has done everything in the sport and if he trains his team to fight in the same attacking style he’s always used, Anderson’s team is in for one hell of a season.”

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