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Over 300 Hopefuls Attend The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 Tryouts
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.16.2012



- Over 300 fighters attended Sunday's open tryouts for "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2." Possible cast members gathered in the Alhambre Ballroom of Rio de Janeiro's Windsor Barra Hotel, where UFC officials put the UFC hopefuls through 90-second grappling sessions and brief striking demonstrations. A UFC matchmaker had the following to say about the auditions…

"It definitely seems more serious in Brazil. Even when we did 'The Smashes,' which was awesome, we had a lot of guys were about character. They very much got, 'Hey, we've got to be out there and be performers,' where for here, these guys are hardcore fighters - not as much showboats and showmen but just really good fighters that often come from tougher backgrounds. A lot of them are actually kind of shy and humble guys but very good fighters."

Dana White commented on how the sport is looked at in Brazil, noting the following…

"I think there was a bad stigma attached to MMA here, just like the U.S., and it took us a lot of work here to turn that misconception around. Even though it was born here, there was a lot of crazy s--- that happened in the old days. We had to come in to this place just like we did in these other countries and educate people on what the sport was about and who these fighters are. I think we're there.'"

The auditions included a number of both internationally and domestically recognized notables, including Daniel Acacio, Flavio Alvaro, Roberto "Corvo" Amorim, Yan Cabral, Bruno Carvalho, Rafael Dias, Gilberto Galvao, Paulo "Bananada" Goncalves, Andrews Nakahara, Jonatas Novaes, Wendell "War Machine" Oliveira and Leonardo Santos, among many others, including several renowned jiu-jitsu players. Additionally, Gilberto Durinho, who was a coach for Team Belfort in the first season of "TUF: Brazil," tried out for the show, as did a tired pair of UFC 153 cornermen: Bruno Azevedo, who supported Rony Jason on Saturday night, and Thiago "Jambo" Goncalves, who was in Fabio Maldonado's corner.

Credit: mmajunkie.com





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