Ronda Rousey didn’t enjoy drama on Ultimate Fighter 18 set

Ronda Rousey didn’t enjoy drama on Ultimate Fighter 18 set

From the minute-long tease the UFC revealed over the weekend to reports relating to rumblings backstage, there’s no question a featured aspect of the Ultimate Fighter 18 will involve the personal animosity between coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. The two talented females have fought in and out of the ring, albeit not physically in the latter instance, since crossing paths in 2012 under the Strikeforce banner. Adding to the issue, Tate stepped in to replace top contender Cat Zingano on the first day of taping without Rousey being informed in order to capture the bantamweight champion’s reaction.

With the tape already in the can, Rousey has a fair understanding of what fans can expect to see when TUF 18 airs in September and isn’t exactly thrilled with the result. Though she is certainly proud of the 135-pound men/women on her team, she’s disappointed the producers’ interest in her rivalry with Tate will likely overshadow some of the athletes’ accomplishments.

“I adore my team. I adore my kids, but they purposely, they kind of go for the drama aspect a little bit by forcing me to be around somebody that you can’t stand all the time and you can’t do anything about it. That’s what they want,” said Rousey to media at UFC on FOX 8 in a conversation captured by MMAFighting. “I don’t like being put in an environment like that. It was time to get home.”

Rousey elaborated on the sentiments earlier today at a press conference promoting the show and her December 28 dance with Tate at UFC 168, explaining, “How I came off personally was not my goal. Miesha’s hair might have looked better. Ask anybody (on my team) and they will say they were completely happy with how I was as a coach.”

TUF 18 is scheduled to debut on September 4 on FOX Sports 1.

5 COMMENTS
  • SBERG says:

    She’s gonna bust Tate up. Sure the UFC is gonna get their forced drama PPV buys but Tate is gonna get beat again….by armbar. I was kind of shocked when they let her get a title shot after losing to Cat but whatever , it is what it is. Not much other comp for Rousey to go against that’s gonna sell like this will.
    I’m not a fan of Rousey’s mouth but I respect her ability. Tate is in for a bad night…

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  • MCM says:

    Has she seen the final edits? I’d be more than shocked if they tried to play her off as a heel with all the money the UFC has put into her. It’s one thing for a Matt Hughes to come of as a dick, there was no way around that, but for a media darling like Rousey, would almost be career suicide.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this season they wanted to get back to the drama. Last season they got away from it and it was about the fighters, which it should be. But I’m calling it, I bet this season is going to be 25 mins coach BS and 5 mins fighters.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Unless it’s a hr then it’s going to be 35 mins coach BS 5 mins fighters, and the rest commercials.

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  • raker says:

    This is the second article I’ve read where Ronda seems concerned with how she may be perceived. She does have a big mouth and I’m guessing that she knows she’s going to look bad and therefore is already going into damage control mode. I don’t know if they’ll try to play her off as a heel but if that’s the only content they have to work with then I suppose that’s what we’ll get to see.

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