Fans of “The Ultimate Fighter” competition series are in for a treat this upcoming 18th season — female fighters Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, fierce rivals in the sport, will be serving as coaches for the season that features both male and female fighters for the first time since its inception in 2005.
think it was very good for the women’s division, and I think it
definitely needed to happen, but you couldn’t pay me $10 million to do
it again,” Rousey tells USA Today.
“I’m just preparing for people to get the worst idea of who I am,” she says, of the fact that the show must be edited down from thousands of hours of footage. “How could people possibly know who you are from a couple of clips of a video that people are seeing out of context?”
UFC President Dana White adds that the competition is certainly heightened since coaches Rousey and Tate are not secret BFFs when the cameras stop rolling.
“These two aren’t best
friends. They don’t hang out on weekends. They don’t send
each other birthday cards or Christmas presents,” says White. “As you get
caught up in the moment, you do things, then reflect and think back on
it like, ‘Jesus, this is going to be on TV in front of the whole
world.’ It starts to freak you out.”
“The Ultimate Fighter” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 4 on Fox Sports 1.