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“Big Nog” Replaces Anderson Silva as TUF Coach

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(UFC icon Minotauro Noguiera)

The UFC has announced that the legendary Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira will be the new head coach opposite Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The Nevada State Athletic commission has requested that Anderson Silva “cease participation” in the series due to his temporary suspension following the preliminary results of his January 9th drug test preceding UFC 183.

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(Anderson “The Spider” Silva, Longtime UFC Middleweight Champion and all time great)

On the coaching staff change, the UFC stated the following in a press release:

“The UFC and Globo, the show’s Brazilian broadcaster, respect the Commission’s decision, whichThe UFC and Globo, the show’s Brazilian broadcaster, respect the Commission’s decision, which will allow Silva to focus his attention on the matter before the Commission. Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC will continue to support him as this process unfolds. allow Silva to focus his attention on the matter before the Commission. Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC will continue to support him as this process unfolds.”

Because the show is in Las Vegas, the NSAC rules are the law of the land for The Ultimate Fighter. As reported by MMApayout.com, it makes sense that the commission would want him removed from the show pending his hearing.

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(Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira weighs in during the UFC 140 Official Weigh-in at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2011 in Toronto, Canada)

The series began filming on Monday, February 2nd, originally featuring Anderson Silva and former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as head coaches. “Shogun” will continue on as coach of his own team and the new Nogueira team will now also include “Big Nog’s” twin brother Rogerio “Lil Nog” as as assistant head coach.