Wanderlei Silva wants ‘TUF: Brazil vs. USA’ with Chael Sonnen

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen are the coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter in Brazil, and "The Axe Murderer" had an idea to spice even more his rivalry with "The American Gangster".

Silva and Sonnen will coach ‘TUF: Brazil 3’ in 2014 right after Sonnen’s fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 167, and the former Pride champion wants this season to feature Brazilians against Americans.

"It’s official, I’ll be the responsible for representing our country and yes, I’ll make him pay for everything he said about us," Silva posted on his Facebook page. "I asked Dana to do a USA vs. Brazil season".

The tryouts for the next TUF season will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Nov. 11, in three weight classes (middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight), but Silva wants to do it differently this time.

"He picks his fighters, the ones he believes are the best of the United States, and I’ll pick Brazil’s bests," he suggested. "There’s no reason why he should coach our (Brazilian) fighters, but I want to pick our fighters. Let’s ask the boss (Dana White), send him a message on Twitter asking for that."

The first two seasons of the Ultimate Fighter in Brazil featured Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum as coaches, and Santiago Ponzinibbio was the only non-Brazilian among the 30 contestants.

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