Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will renew acquaintances on “The Ultimate Fighter.” | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
An injury to Cat Zingano has opened the door for chapter two of the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate rivalry, as they will coach opposite one another on Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.
Rousey and the rest of the cast were informed of the switch on May 28, when Tate appeared at the start of taping in Zingano’s stead. “The Ultimate Fighter 18” premieres on Sept. 4 on Fox Sports 1. Rousey will defend her Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight title against Tate once the show wraps.
Zingano earned her spot as a coach on Season 18 when she stopped Tate at “The Ultimate Fighter 17” Finale on April 13, weathering early offense from the former Strikeforce champion before securing a third-round technical knockout. Unbeaten in eight professional appearances, the 30-year-old has delivered seven of her victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.
Tate, 26, was booked to meet former title contender Liz Carmouche at UFC on Fox 8 before accepting the coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter.” Prior to her loss to Zingano, Tate had rattled off seven wins in her past eight bouts, a submission defeat to Rousey in March 2012 the lone hiccup.
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