UFC’s women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey will now coach against, and then fight, fellow 135er Miesha Tate in the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.
During taping of the first episode of TUF 18, Rousey was “clearly stunned” when Tate came in, and stormed off the set looking for UFC President Dana White. She thought initially that Tate was there to replace her. When she found out that Cat Zingano had in fact been replaced, she was “pleased”. Then she likened herself and Tate to Frazier and Ali. Which is a little weird.
For some reason, the UFC had been aware of Zingano injuring her knee during a workout on May 16, and opted to keep it secret. It will be interesting to see if it was to elicit a “golden tv moment” from Rousey.
The UFC reality series The Ultimate Fighter had already been shaken up for Season 18. This season it will be aired on a new channel (Fox Sports 1) and will include coed participants for the first time.
UFC women bantamweights Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano battled this past April at TUF Finale 17, in only the second women’s MMA bout under the UFC banner. They ended up getting Fight of the Night bonuses, and Zingano bested Tate and earned the additional prize of being one of the first women to coach a season of TUF.
Some fans were letdown when Zingano earned her TKO, since it would be more intriguing to watch Rousey and Tate interact since they have some bad blood. It seems that fate has stepped in and made the correction.