The first international season of "The Ultimate Fighter" is formally underway. Announced this week, UFC officials have set a date, December 14th, for TUF: Brazil's open casting calls.
The tryouts, slated for Sau Paulo, Brazil, are open to all lightweight and middleweight prospects between the ages of 21 and 35 years old. Applicants are required to have a minimum of three professional fights and two wins.
"The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" is slated to air on South American media giant Globo TV and will be filmed entirely in Portuguese. No plans have been revealed for North American broadcast, but UFC President Dana White hinted at FUEL TV as an eventual landing zone.
Coaches for the international season have yet to be finalized, though a pair of established Brazilian names are expected to named. Brazilian legends Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort were briefly tied to the project in late-October via a report from Extra Globo, however UFC officials denied the claims.