Rousey: Getting lucky on TUF 18 could cost you 100k

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The TUF house has no internet, no television, no radio, no anything, but train, fight, and behave as if you are stuck in a house for six weeks with no internet, television or radio. When it was announced that TUF 18 would be coed, enquiring minds quckly assumed that men and women with common interests, in tremendous shape and under pressure, might find something more compelling to do with their nether region than pee in fruit.

In an interview with MMA Junkie, coach Ronda Rousey says it won’t be worth it.

“I think the series, itself, has kind of gone away from the attention-grabby reality TV-esque kind of genre and more into just a documentary series on the toughest, most competitive tournament in martial arts,” said Rousey. “I think that it’s going to be very similar in this season, at least on my team.

“I’m going to have to remind these girls that this is the first impression you’re setting for women MMA fighters because this is a lot of exposure that they’re going to be getting. If they’re the chick that was screwing around the house, for the rest of their career they’re going to be known as the chick that was screwing around the house. Sponsors are going to be looking at that. Everybody’s going to be looking at that.”

“If you think it’s $100,000 worth of that lay (in potential lost sponsorships), then go for it, but I’m just going to remind them that there’s a lot of very permanent consequences to how they carry themselves in the house.”

Rousey also discussed Saturday’s Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate fight of the night, that determined who will coaching opposite Rousey, and fighting for her title.

“It kind of went the way I expected,” said Rousey. “Cat looked a lot better at workouts. Miesha is usually the type that really fights above herself in competition, which is one of her better attributes. Miesha looked really good. I thought the fight was stopped maybe a little prematurely, but Cat looked amazing, too. I don’t want to take anything away from her. She was lighting her up.

“If Miesha wants to complain the fight should have been stopped, then she shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place. I was really impressed with Cat tonight.”

“I always said the fight that I wanted the most was Cat, so I’m glad that we’re actually going to be fighting. On the show, you never know. I think I would have enjoyed tormenting Miesha, whereas Cat seems pretty cool. I don’t really know her at all, but she seems cool.”

“Technically, Cat has a better record than I do right now. She’s 8-0. I’m 7-0. Who was it? Was it like Rashad and Lyoto who were the only two undefeated people fighting for a championship before? So this is something very uncommon and very special, and I’m happy to be a part of it. I always think of myself as the underdog regardless of what other people think.”