Sonnen and Silva headed to TUF Brazil

One of the most heated rivalries in UFC history will come to a

head during the next season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil when

Chael Sonnen squares off against Wanderlei Silva, first as coaches

on the reality show and then as opponents in the Octagon.

UFC President Dana White announced the news during an interview

with FOX Sports Live on Monday while being interviewed by Sonnen,

who found out the news while speaking to his boss.

“I told everybody we wouldn’t release it until sometime late

November,” White said. “I guess we’ll do it here. The coaches of

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil are Wanderlei Silva and Chael

Sonnen.”

“That one’s going to piss off a lot of people. It’s happening.

Then those two will fight. You two will coach The Ultimate Fighter,

you will have a ton of security down there with you, and it should

be a fun season.”

The security part comes in reaction to Sonnen’s barbs thrown at

the country of Brazil, and he undoubtedly will be an antagonist

during the season opposite Silva.

Over the last few months, the simmering disdain between Sonnen

and Silva has boiled over into full-blown hatred. The two fighters

have launched comments toward each other via social media and

interviews.

For the past year, Sonnen has made Silva public enemy No. 1 with

a constant barrage of insults and insinuations aimed at the former

Pride champion. In response, Silva opted to make a series of

bizarre, heavy-metal-themed YouTube videos in his native Portuguese

in which he launches into expletive-filled tirades directed toward

the self-proclaimed “American Gangster.”

Most recently, Silva came after Sonnen in a more public venue

when the two fighters appeared at a Mr. Olympia convention in Las

Vegas. Silva charged across the arena floor and confronted Sonnen,

threatening to rain down violence on the former middleweight title

contender while having a camera crew capture the entire ordeal on

tape.

While the two fighters both appeared on board to face off, Silva

was recovering from a back injury that will keep him out of action

until early 2014, so the UFC opted to match Sonnen against Rashad

Evans in a fight that will take place at UFC 167 in November.

Once Sonnen is finished with Evans — win, lose or draw

— he will face Silva next after a stint as coach on The

Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

This will be a second run as coach on The Ultimate Fighter for

both competitors. Sonnen coached season 17 against Jon Jones, while

Silva participated in the first ever season of The Ultimate Fighter

Brazil when he faced off with Vitor Belfort.

The two fighters are expected to begin filming the new Ultimate

Fighter in the next few months, presumably after Sonnen finishes

his fight with Evans, and then they will head to Brazil to coach

the newest crop of fighters looking to make their way to the

UFC.

When the season is over, Sonnen will then face Silva inside the

Octagon as the two light heavyweights look to settle their

differences once and for all.