The Ultimate Fighter 18 is set to premiere tonight on FOX Sports 1. It will feature teams coached by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, and title contender Miesha Tate. Ever since shooting wrapped though, rumors have been floating about that Ronda Rousey’s portrayal in the show is less than flattering.
Recent comments the champ made to USA TODAY seem to add some weight to these reports.
“I 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 said.
In the past few weeks, Tate has been adamant that Rousey’s “true” side will come out in the episodes, and that her charismatic personality is just hiding the fact that she’s a temperamental bully. Considering how many verbal jabs the two have been throwing though, one could definitely treat this as more idle talk. However, Rousey has been strangely and uncharacteristically defensive about all this.
“How could people possibly know who you are from a couple of clips of a video that people are seeing out of context?” Rousey said. “That’s no way for people to get to know you, so I’m just preparing for people to get the worst idea of who I am.”
UFC president Dana White doesn’t think too much of it though.
“These two aren’t best friends,” White said. “They don’t hang out on weekends. They don’t send each other birthday cards or Christmas presents. 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.”
After all of the hype, it’ll be interesting to finally see what went down in the TUF house between Tate and Rousey.