Despite prior reports that the popular reality show would end after just two seasons, UFC Executive Marshall Zelaznik has now confirmed to MMAJunkie that a third season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” is in the works. While no date has been announced for tryouts, this information should be disclosed by the promotion in the near future. Zelaznik gave the following statement:
“I’ve seen some of the stories out there, but let’s be clear about something: We’re in the middle of a four-year deal with Rede Globo. The commitment in that deal is that we will deliver four seasons of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ We’ve done one. We are in pre-production on the second season under this new deal of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ So the UFC and Globo has a very strong partnership. The Ultimate Fighter’ is here, it’s a great platform for the new up-and-coming Brazilian fighters, and we’re excited and our business continue to grow. We’re investing in this market. We’re opening an office in Sao Paulo. We’re committing to more and more events. So we believe in this market, and this market is paying dividends for us.”
This comes as good news for the many Brazilian fans of the show. The winners of past seasons haven’t gained quite the same name recognition of their American counterparts, but they remain as promising young prospects in the sport. TUF: Brazil does not currently air in the United States, but it is usually available on Hulu and other video sharing platforms shortly after it has aired.