UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey served as a coach opposite Miesha Tate on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter. The experience soured her on the show though, as revealed on an interview with Canada's SportsNet.
“I don’t watch ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ now that I know how much bulls--- is in it,” said Rousey. “I don’t support it.”
“I used to watch it all the time. Now I won’t watch it."
“They don’t know the first thing about fighting,” said Rousey of the producers. “They only know about reality TV and they treated us like we were ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ and not elite athletes that should be respected. And I don’t support people like that so I don’t watch the show anymore.”
UFC president Dana White offered a measured response.
“It’s no secret that Ronda didn’t have a good time on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,”‘ said White.
“When you’re on a reality show and you’re caught up in the moment, and you do things and you say things without thinking, sometimes when it airs, you’re not 100 per cent thrilled with the way you acted or the way you looked. It’s happened to me too. It’s part of reality television.
“Not everyone is crazy with reality TV and it’s no secret that Ronda butted heads with people in production and on the show. You can’t change her mind, that’s the way she feels.”
“This is the 20th season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and for many fighters it was an amazing experience, it changed their lives. Not just for the fighters competing on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ but for the coaches too.
“The show took Chuck Liddell to the next level, Matt Hughes to the next level, BJ Penn to the next level. A large number of the superstars of the UFC blew up after being on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ It’s not going to be an amazing experience for everybody. Every season fighters have different experiences on the show, and they’re not always good. That’s part of reality television.”
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