The episode opens with an introduction to this season’s format. There will be 32 fighters (mix of middleweights and heavyweights) fighting for 16 spots in The Ultimate Fighter house. split between the heavyweight and middleweight division. The coaches this season will be Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Dana White calls it, “The biggest rivalry in the history of The Ultimate Fighter.” Wanderlei says that he’s Chael has insulted him and his country and that, “He messed with the wrong person.” Ever the gentleman, West Linn’s bad boy describes Wanderlei as “very peculiar,” and that the Axe Murderer should have retired from MMA a long time ago. Another wrinkle to this season is the presence of two celebrity assistant coaches. Team Sonnen has retired Brazilian basketball star Hortencia Marcari and Team Silva has beach volleyball pro Isabel Salgado. After the coaches give some words of encouragement, we head directly to the preliminary fights . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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