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 second episode of the show, we picked up where we left off in the elimination round, as the other half of the 32 fighters were vying for spots in the TUF house. Eight more middleweights and eight more heavyweights closed out the elimination round and fought to join teams coached by former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva and three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen.

The coaches prepared to pick their team, but things heated up between Silva and Sonnen, with Silva demanding an apology from Sonnen for the remarks that the latter made prior to one of his bouts with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva told his rival that if he did not apologize, he would leave and not return until Sonnen did. Whether or not Sonnen actually apologized remains to be seen, at least until next week.

The show streams each Sunday on the promotion’s Fight Pass digital network.

Elimination Fight Results

Guilherme de Vasconcelos def. Markus Perez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1

Ismael de Jesus def. Pedro Paulino by TKO (finger injury). Round 1

Warlley Alves def. Wendell Oliveira by split decision

Marcio Junior def. Giuliano Arante by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1


Richardson Moreira def. Alexandre Machado by knockout (punches). Round 1

Marcos Rogério def. Thiago Santos by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1

Antônio Branjão def. Fernando Camoles by TKO (punches). Round 2

Vitor Miranda defeated Bruno Silva by knockout (head kick). Round 2