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The UFC Announces The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Cast

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The Ultimate Fighter is returning to Brazil for the third time with a cast featuring some of the country’s up and coming Heavyweights and Middleweights.

Each of the thirty-two competitors will fight in the first two episodes of the show, with the winners receiving a spot in the Ultimate Fighter house and a chance at a six-figure UFC contract.

Among the notable contestants are former Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Semi-finalist Thiago Santos and former StrikeForce competitor Marcos Rogerio Lima.

Check out the cast list below courtesy of UFC.com:

HEAVYWEIGHTS :

Alexandre “Big Baby” Machado (6-1-0), 30, Niterói, RJ
Antonio Carlos Junior “Face Shoe” (3-0-0), 23, João Pessoa, PB
Antonio Paulo Branjão “Mountain” (3-0-0), 25, Uba, MG
Bruno Silva “Armored” (9-4-0), 24, João Pessoa, PB
Edgar Castaldelli Son “Magrão” (12-4-0), 34, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Ewerton Rock “Giant” (3-1-0), 31, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Diego Felipe Dantas de Oliveira “Monster” (6-0-0), 31, Natal, RN
Fernando Camolês (4-1-0), 27, São Caetano do Sul, SP
Goncalo Salgado (7-2-0), 33, Portugal
Guilherme Viana (4-1-0), 27, Porto Alegre, RS
Job Kleber Melo “Cape Job” (3-1-0), 34, Rio de Janeiro , RJ
Jollyson Sosaleta Francisco (2-0-2), 30, Recife, PE
Marcos Rogerio de Lima “Bigfoot” (11-2-2), 28, São Paulo, SP
Richardson Moreira (7-1-0), 29, Campinas, SP
Thiago ” Big Monster ” Santos (11-3-1), 26 , Rio de Janeiro , RJ
Vitor Miranda ” Lex Luthor ” (9-3-0 ), 34, Joinville, SC

MIDDLEWEIGHTS :

Cristiano Ribeiro Lopes Pontes “Rust” (4-1-0), 34, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Douglas Moura Silva (3-1-0), 29, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Giuliano Brescianini Arante (5-1-0), 29, Campo Grande, MS
Guilherme Vasconcelos ” Bomba” (3-1-0), 27, Belo Horizonte, MG
Ismael de Jesus “Groundhog” (9-4-1), 33, Goiania, GO
Joilton Santos “The Pilgrim” (9-2-1), 21, Campina Grande, PB
José Roberto Rocha ( 6-0-0 ), 26, Uba, MG
Marcio Alexandre Junior “Lyoto” (11-0-0), 24, Florianópolis, SC
Marcus Perez Echeimberg ” Maluko ” ( 3-0-0 ) , 24 , São Paulo, SP
Paulo Henrique Costa ” rubberband ” ( 3-0-0 ) , 22 , Belo Horizonte, MG
Pedro Paulino ” Vinegar ” ( 3-0-0 ) , 29 , Corumbá, MS
Ricardo Abreu ” Demented ” ( 4-0-0 ) , 29 , São Paulo, SP
Wagner Silva Gomes ” Wagnão ” ( 3-0-0 ) , 26 , Viçosa, MG
Warlley Alves de Andrade ( 6-0-0 ) , 22 , Governador Valadares, MG
Wendell Oliveira Marques ( 23-7-0 ), 31, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Willian Steindorf ( 3-0-0 ), 26, Porto Alegre, RS

The third season of the Ultimate Figher Brazil will debut on UFC Fight Pass March 9th and feature Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen as head coaches. In addition to being opposing coaches, Silva and Sonnen have had a long brewing feud which led to an altercation on the set of the show. Silva told the following to UFC.com:

“I attended the other two editions of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil and I can say this for sure, we have differentiated athletes and can not help but get involved with the life story of each one of these guys. As for living with Chael Sonnen, could not be otherwise. A guy who speaks ill of my country , my people and then come say it is promoting does not deserve my consideration, much less friendship. This will be clearly visible in the program, “

Sonnen also took a few jabs at Silva when talking about the show to UFC.com :

“My team started at a disadvantage just because I speak English and them, Portuguese. But the athlete’s willpower  surprised me . They were thirsty for learning and did a great job . I can say that Wanderlei Silva also made their role even believe he was infinitely better coach than fighter is, after all, all your good results inside the ring were a big lie.”

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Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Daniel Reveles' interest in Mixed Martial Arts began at the age of fourteen while attending a Fantasy Football draft at a Friend's house. That day Daniel's buddies ordered UFC 88 on Pay-Per-View featuring lauded striker and hometown hero Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squaring off with Division One Wrestler “Suga” Rashad Evans. After seeing “the wrestler” Rashad Evans put the Ice Man out cold with an overhand right, Daniel became instantly hooked by the unpredictability of the sport. Since that moment Daniel has become well versed in Mixed Martial Arts History and has yet to miss an event. Daniel is currently studying at the University of California Santa Barbara to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Communications with hopes of becoming the next big media mogul. When he is not watching MMA or studying you can find Daniel hanging out with his family and friends or taking in a game at the lovely Dodger Stadium.