One house, 16 fighters. It might not seem all that daunting, but each season, The Ultimate Fighter’s format takes a toll, both mentally and physically, on the fighters seeking to snag that six-figure contract. While TUF Nations is hitting the semifinal round, the third installment of the Brazilian version of the UFC’s landmark reality series is just beginning.

On the first episode of the show, half of the 32 fighters were vying for spots in the TUF house. Eight middleweights and eight heavyweights battled it out to join teams coached by former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva and three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen. The remaining half of the middleweights and heavyweights will compete in their qualifying round fights on next week’s episode, and coaches will pick their teams once the remaining fights conclude. The show streams each Sunday on the promotion’s Fight Pass digital network.

Elimination Fight Results

Paulo Costa def. José Roberto by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2

Joilton Santos def. Douglas Moura by split decision

Wagner Silva def. Cristiano Pontes by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1

Ricardo Abreu def. Willian Steindorf by TKO (punches). Round 2


Job Kleber def. Gonçalo Salgado by knockout (head kick). Round 1

Jollyson Francisco def. Everton Rocha by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1

Edgard Castaldelli def. Felipe Dantas by TKO (punches). Round 2

Antônio Carlos Junior def. Guilherme Viana by TKO (punches). Round 1