UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey made history last month when she won the first female fight to ever take place inside the Octagon and will be another significant part of the organization’s evolution this year when she serves as coach on the Ultimate Fighter 18. Opposing her will be either Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano depending on who emerges victorious on April 13 when the two tussle at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
UFC President Dana White announced the groundbreaking news last night during the preliminary portion of UFC 158. In addition to teams being headed by women, 135-pound females will serve as the season’s contestants alongside male counterparts with the entire lot living together in a single house.
No date was mentioned in terms of when the show will air.
Rousey (7-0) has crossed paths with Tate before,taking the Strikeforce title from her in 2012. A good deal of trash-talk preceded the pairing, though in the end Rousey picked up an opening round Armbar win as she’s done in all of her bouts.
Tate holds an overall record of 13-3 with finishes of Julie Kedzie and Marloes Coenen. Comparably, Zingano is unbeaten seven scraps into her career with stoppages in all but one of her victories.
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