Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter” will feature both female
coaches and competitors for the first time in the show’s
UFC President Dana White announced the news Saturday night at the
conclusion of the UFC 158 preliminary card on FX. Ronda
Rousey will serve as one coach on the reality series, squaring
off against the winner of Miesha
Tate’s April 13 showdown with Cat Zingano
“TUF 17” finale.
In addition to announcing the coaches, White also revealed that the
season will showcase both male and female 135-pound talents living
under the same roof in another “TUF” first. Open tryouts for the
season begin April 15.
Rousey, 26, has yet to taste defeat in MMA, submitting Tate in
March of last year to win the Strikeforce bantamweight crown.
“Rowdy” then successfully defended her belt against ex-titlist
Kaufman before signing with the UFC, where she was named the
organization’s inaugural women’s champion. The Olympic judoka was
last seen on Feb. 23, submitting Liz
Carmouche with her patented armbar in the main event of UFC