Ronda Rousey (Photo: UFC.com)
Ronda Rousey has blazed the trail for women in the UFC. She and Miesha Tate will break more new ground tonight on Fox Sports 1 as they coach Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Rousey will defend her UFC bantamweight title against Tate at UFC 168 on Dec. 28. Cat Zingano defeated Tate for the title shot and coaching position, but she had to give them up to Tate due to an injury.
Rousey won her championship from Tate in Strikeforce before she and the belt came over to UFC. Tate will have a chance at revenge, but so far, nobody has survived the first round with Rousey, let alone beaten her.
“To say Rousey is concerned about how she will come across on the show is an understatement. She's preparing for the worst and noted that she wouldn't do a season again if they paid her $10 million,” wrote Bryan Alvarez of F4W Online.Thirty-two bantamweight fighters will battle for the 16 spots in the TUF 18 house. They will be split evenly between men and women, so we will see both genders living together. The TUF 18 premiere will air from 10 p.m. to midnight Eastern time.
UFC Fight Night 28 will take place just before the show from 5-10 p.m. from
In a battle of middleweight contenders, No. 3 Yushin Okami will fight No. 5 Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Top flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez will try to secure another title shot when he faces fifth-ranked Jussier Formiga.
Other fights on the main card include Francisco Trinaldo vs. Piotr Hallmann (lightweights); Rafael “Sapo”
The preliminary card includes Felipe Arantes vs. Kevin Souza (featherweights); Lucas Martins vs. Junior “Hot Handed” Hernandez (bantamweights); Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino vs. Elias Silverio (welterweights); and Keith Wisniewski vs. Ivan Jorge (welterweights).
The only fight that will not air of Fox Sports 1 will be available on Facebook and UFC.com, as Yuri Villefort takes on Sean Spencer in another welterweight fight at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.