The latest season of The Ultimate Fighter is easily the best one in recent memory, but it was very close to not happening at all.
Cat Zingano, who originally had Miesha Tate’s coaching spot on the season, blew out her knee just weeks before the show began filming. Unsurprisingly, this caused quite a few problems for the UFC.
“What a lot of people don’t understand is I had a huge blowout with her attorney the Sunday before everybody was supposed to come here,” Dana White said on the recent TUF recap episode. “I think Ronda thought I was doing something to her. Like I was going to bring Miesha in and kick Ronda off the show.”
“We were having contractual disputes about the show and Dana said that he was considering throwing me off the show and replacing me,” Rousey added. “We all ended up reaching an agreement at the very end, but the last thing Dana ever said to me is, ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do.'”
“How would I have known that Cat Zingano blew her knee out? Miesha even said that she was supposed to be purposely vague and let me reach my own conclusions about it,” Rousey explained. “And it wasn’t very nice.”