UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey found out first-hand her next challenger Saturday night, as Cat Zingano claimed a victory over Miesha Tate at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
Rousey and Zingano, though, will not compete for a while, as the two are set to coach on the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter. They will be the first-ever female coaches, and will direct both male and female bantamweights.
Rousey discussed the Zingano-Tate match while the announcement of TUF moving to FOX Sports 1 was made.
“They both looked great,” she said. “From the open workouts, I thought that Cat looked a lot better, but Miesha’s the type to perform above herself and she came out swinging. I’ve learned a lot about (Zingano) as a fighter by watching her live for the first time.”
The former Olympian sounds excited to get TUF going, which should happen in the coming months.
“I think it’s amazing and is going to be a great opportunity for people to see women fighting on the show,” Rousey said, “and men being coached by women. It’s just the beginning; this will be a season like no one has seen before.”
Rousey will likely help generate interest, and Zingano’s story – being a mother – could also help in that regard. Zingano, though, will need to improve greatly if she is to upset “Rowdy,” as Tate nearly locked in several submissions against her.
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