May 06 20130 comments
Ronda Rousey found out first-hand her next challenger Saturday night, as Cat Zingano claimed a victory over Miesha Tate.
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.”
She sounds excited to get TUF going, which should happen in the coming months. In the past 2 seasons Rousey has came in as a guest coach, so this is a huge move for her.
“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, as she always captivates the media’s attention, then we have Zingano’s story being a mother, thia will also help bring many new viewera to the sport. I feel Zingano will need to improve greatly if she is to upset “Rowdy,” as Tate nearly locked in several submissions against her and Liz nearly got her also.