Earlier today news broke that Cat Zingano was injured and Miesha Tate will be taking her spot coaching against Ronda Rousey on the next season of the Ultimate Fighter. Zingano injured herself May 16th, but the situation has been kept under wraps until today, when it was revealed on the set of the show to the surpise of even Rousey herself:
When Tate came out, Rousey was clearly stunned and she stormed out of the UFC training center, searching for White. She later said she was angry because she thought Tate was replacing her.
Rousey, though, was pleased with the change.
"This is what we really wanted all along," Rousey told Yahoo! Sports. "Everyone said an Ultimate Fighter between me and Miesha would be the best. We have a personal history with each other and this is a personal show. For some reason, me and Miesha are intertwined in fate like Ali and Frazier or something like that.
"I think people will look back at this as one of the monumental rivalries and look back at this as one of those things that really cemented women's MMA."
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White also explained the decision to Yahoo! Sports:
"Miesha has the most experience," White said. "She'd probably won the first two rounds of that fight with Cat and if it had gone to the cards, she'd probably have won by decision. The nice thing having Cat in there coaching against Ronda is that Cat was undefeated, and so we had this whole thing of two undefeated fighters facing off.
"But with Miesha, she and Ronda already had a great fight and they have a history together. They don't like each other. We'll make it work. We always do. You know how I say every day when I wake up, I know some bad [expletive] is going to happen? Well, this was one of them, but we're doing the best we can here."