Non-Brazilian fans who want to see Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva verbally have it out had better dust off their credit cards. The UFC has announced that The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 will only be available to American (and European) audiences over UFC Fight Pass.
The promotion announced the news via press release: "The first episode of TUF Brasil will be available, on demand, on UFC Fight Pass from 7pm PT/10pm ET on Sunday, March 9, just hours after airing on Brazilian television. Each new episode will then be available every Sunday at the same time."
In addition to TUF: Brazil 3, UFC Fight Pass will also have an original feature entitled Six Weeks with Sonnen. You can check out a teaser clip here.
The rivalry between Sonnen and Silva has been building over the last two years. Silva famously took issue with "The American Gangster" and his nonstop barbs thrown in the direction of then-middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as well as his friends and training partners like the Nogueira brothers and Lyoto Machida.
While their initial debate was quite cordial, the feud has taken a turn for the ridiculous in recent months. Ever since Silva experienced a renewed relevance by knocking out Brian Stann at UFC on Fuel TV 8, he has been posting ludicrous, over-the-top videos promising never-before-seen brutality when he faces Sonnen (with thrash metal playing in the background—just to show just how radical and "intense" Silva is).
The two had a famous confrontation at the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition that wound up being a silly, but still entertaining, PR play by Silva.
UFC Fight Pass is currently running a free trial that ends March 1. Those who want to catch TUF: Brazil 3 (as well as future international TUF series, possibly) will have to pony up $10 a month. For more details on UFC Fight Pass, make sure to check out Jonathan Snowden's interview with the UFC's Marshall Zelaznik here.
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