For all Ronda Rousey fans, the UFC bantamweight is still making MMA firsts. She has been announced as one of the head coaches at The Ultimate Fighter 18 and this announcement was according to UFC President, Dana White.
And of course if Rousey is one of the coaches, who would oppose her? UFC officials are still undecided but it will actually depend on the winner of the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale which will be on April 13. This event which will be held at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada will be co headlined by a fight between Miesha Tate and Car Zingano. Winner of this fight will get to go against Rousey as the opposing coach.
The rivalry between Tate and Rousey dates back when the two were still in Strikeforce. Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate to take the championship via her favorite move, the armbar. The later submitted to Rousey in just before the bell rang to signal round one was over.
Rousey remains undefeated and her latest win against Liz Carmouche in UFC 157 made her more popular than ever before; she used her superb armbar move again which caused Carmouche to submit just before the bell hit to signal the first round was over. Before she transferred to UFC, Rousey was already a superb athlete in Strikeforce with no losses to her record; she has defeated prized fighters like Sarah Kaufman, Julia Budd and Sarah D’ Alelio.
Miesha “Cupcake” Tate on the other hand is a 26 year old bantamweight fighter from Tacoma, Washington, United States. She has 13 wins and 3 losses in her professional MMA career. Her last fight was a win against Julie Kedzie in Strikeforce Rousey versus Kaufmann. This win was via armbar in just 3 minutes and 28 seconds of round 3. She has managed to defeat amazing fighters at Strikeforce like Marloes Coenan, Hitomi Akano, Maiju Kujala and Zoila Frausto Gurgel.
Cat “Alpha” Zingano, Tate’s opponent for Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale is a 30 year old bantamweight from Broomfield, Colorado, United States. She has a terrific record of 7 wins and no losses. Her last win was against Raquel Pennington in Invicta FC 3 – Penne versus Sugiyama in October 2012; she won via submission using a rear-naked choke attack in just 3 minutes and 32 seconds of the second round.