After an initial run of success driven by UFC stars Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva, “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” will return for a second season March 17 on Globo TV.

This time out, the reality show will test some of Brazil’s top welterweights, with coaches Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum overseeing the 170-pounders. The cast will consist of 28 fighters, a number which will be cut in half during the first two episodes’ qualifying round.

Released today, the 28-fighter roster for “TUF Brazil 2” was narrowed down from approximately 300 candidates between ages 18 and 35 from various parts of Brazil, as well as Argentina and the U.S. Tryouts were held last October in Rio de Janeiro, where the prospective fighters were put through interviews, medicals and tests of both striking and grappling.

“I think the level is very high this season,” stated in a release. “I am confident that, beside the winner, we will also be sending several high-level fighters to the UFC in the future. Basically, we have the elite welterweights of Brazil in front of us.”

‘The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2’ Cast List:

Tiago “Unstoppable” Alves -- Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Roberto “Corvo” Amorim -- Goiania, Goias
Viscardi Andrade -- Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Henrique “Sucuri” Batista -- Linhares, Espirito Santo
Yan Cabral -- Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Luciano Contini -- Curitiba, Parana
Bruno “Jacare” Dias -- Braganca Paulista, Sao Paulo
Cleiton “Foguete” Duarte -- Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul
Luiz “Besouro” Dutra Jr. -- Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Robson “Negao” Ferreira -- Guarulhos, Sao Paulo
Gil de Freitas -- Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Neilson Gomes -- Salvador, Bahia
Thiago “Jambo” Goncalves -- Maceio, Alagoas
Pedro Irie -- Braganca Paulista, Sao Paulo
William “Patolino” Macario -- Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Daniel “Gelo” Oliveira -- Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro
Felipe Olivieri -- Sao Joao de Meriti, Rio de Janeiro
Santiago “El Rasta” Ponzinibbio -- La Plata, Argentina
Wande Lopes Santana -- Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul
Leonardo Santos -- Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Marcio “Pedra” Santos -- Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Thiago “Marreta” Santos -- Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Leandro “Buscape” Silva -- Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Thiago “Bel” Silva -- Curitiba, Parana
Ronaldo “Rony Silva” Oliveira Silva -- Vitoria da Conquista, Bahia
David Vieira -- Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Juliano “Ninja” Wandalen -- Blumenau, Santa Catarina
Weguimar “Big Big” de Lucena Xavier -- Joao Pessoa, Paraiba

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