TUF Brazil 3 just got more interesting.
Chael Sonnen, the man who’s notorious for poking fun at Brazil and its top fighters, is now set to face one of the most challenging tasks of his career: coaching the very people he has ridiculed, as he goes up against Brazilian MMA icon Wanderlei Silva.
When it was first announced that Silva and Sonnen would be opposing coaches for the show’s upcoming season, Silva suggested that he coach only Brazilians, and Sonnen coach only Americans. Apparently, that arrangement never came to fruition.
So why is this interesting? There aren’t many mixed martial artists that Brazilians hate more than Chael Sonnen. In fact, they hate him so much he has to be guarded by extra security whenever he goes there.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Sonnen talked about his knowledge of the show:
“My understanding is that the show will have purely Brazilian contestants. That’s a little different than in America, where we bring in competitors from all over the world. I know on my last team we had a gentleman from England. I had a gentleman from Jamaica. I had a gentleman from Sweden. All on one team. But when we take the show to a foreign market, we seem to only build talent from that market. It’s a bit of a different formula.”
This could be awkward, to say the least, for the contestants who windup on Sonnen’s team instead of Silva’s. How does Sonnen plan on coaching a team full of fighters whom he has referred to as guys with blow darts? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Could Sonnen face similar or worse backlash in Brazil as Ronda Rousey has from her stint on The Ultimate Fighter 18?