Ronda Rousey to coach TUF 18, with male & female hopefulls
UFC President Dana White announced that the coaches of season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter will be UFC Women’s Champ Ronda Rousey and the winner of Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano.
The season will be a bit of a twist, not only as it’s the first time women have coached, but also because both 135lbs men and 135lbs women will be competing on the 18th season of the show.
The only tryouts for the season will take place April 15 in Las Vegas, two days after the current Season 17 live finale, in which Tate and Zingano fight in the second women’s bout in UFC history.
The bout between Tate and Zingano will be at the TUF 17 finale, which takes place on April 13 from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
White said that development, as well as other potential things in the works, were predicated on Rousey winning and essentially going over with fans as well as she has so far. He said the UFC had discussions about her being a potential “TUF” coach prior to her first-round armbar win over Carmouche.
“Obviously her winning the fight was a big deal,”said White. “There were a lot of things going on for that fight that determined it. We had kicked it around that maybe it could happen.”
White said he doesn’t have any concerns about having a big enough talent pool to fill a cast of women’s bantamweights for the house.
“We already know we have enough women to do it,” said White. “And every time you do tryouts people pop up that you never knew about.”
There were a wide variety of reactions from the MMA world, uniformly positive. Joe Rogan’s reaction was felt by many:
Miesha Tate’s was too 🙂
“I think #TUF18 would benefit from a Trojan sponsorship,” tweeted Tate, who added “#JustSayin.”