The 18 version of The Ultimate Fighter will for the first time feature women, both as contestants (there will be eight 135-pound male fighters living in the same house as eight 135-pound female fighters) and as coaches.
One coach will be UFC" class="Newslink">UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The other will be the winner of this weekends fight between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano.
'Cupcake' Tate recently appeared on Ariel Helwani's "The MMA Hour," and offered some amused thoughts on the series.
"I'm excited for it," said Tate. "I think it's going to be wild. I think it's going to be Real World meets TUF. And I don't know...
"I have this idea - or joke actually - that all the girls are going to be like lesbians or hooking up with all the girls, and all the boys are going on there with hope thinking like, 'we're gonna be the first guys that have chicks on the show and this is going to be awesome.' And the girls are going to be like, 'no boys allowed.'"
Tate went to to related a conversation she had with UFC president Dana White, in which she related that condoms were a must in the fighter's house, as "getting knocked up isn't good for girls' careers."
White agreed, saying, "Yeah, I know, it's worse than getting knocked out."