“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,” revealed UFC president Dana White.
“We were having contractual disputes about the show and Dana said that he was considering throwing me off the show and replacing me. 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,’” explained Rousey.
“I think Ronda thought I was doing something to her. Like I was going to bring Miesha in and kick Ronda off the show,” said White.
“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,” said Rousey. “And it wasn’t very nice.”
From day one of The Ultimate Fighter 18, there was tension between Team Tate and Team Rousey.
“I just think Ronda is, she’s just stupid. We’re on our way out but she felt the need to come in there and boss us around and push us around," Tate said of an early morning team practice that got cut short when Rousey pushed them out of the gym. "We had to abide by the time schedule, so that sucked. I wish we could have just stayed in there just to piss her off.”
Tensions escalated when Rousey called out Tate for celebrating too much after Shayna Baszler lost her elimination fight.
“Miesha was just jumping around screaming and like celebrating so much. And I was like, look at the pain this girl is in. Look at what she’s going through. How can you be that elated,” said Rousey. “She calls Shayna a friend and then bounces around celebrating. That’s an insult.”
“Here’s another prime example of Ronda being an idiot. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about and half the time she just fabricates stuff in her head,” said Tate. “Junianna was on my team and Shayna was on the opposing team and it’s as simple as that. It’s not personal. Because I’m happy that my team won doesn’t mean that I’m happy that Shayna had to lose.”
A few episodes later, Rousey and Tate's coaching staffs collided when both teams were hanging out at a bar.
“Bryan Caraway got on Twitter and basically said, ‘I’m going to knock Ronda Rousey’s teeth out.’ And when you do that, you’re going to hear about it,” said White. “Ronda was definitely there to get in Bryan Caraway’s face, make him feel uncomfortable, start some (expletive) with Miesha, and it worked. She did it.”
“People are getting to see a side of Ronda Rousey that no one has seen before. It’s easy for her to look like this fun-loving, all-American girl for a two-minute interview. However, it is impossible to completely conceal yourself when you’re on camera 24-7 for six weeks,” said Tate.
“Now people can finally understand why it’s been absolutely impossible for me to get along with her,” added Tate. “I think that Ronda Rousey has to hate someone in order to be able to fight them.”
Later in the show, Team Rousey's striking coach Edmond Tarverdyan got into some drama of his own, when he got into an altercation with Team Tate assistant Dennis Hallman.
“Edmond is my striking coach and head coach. He’s been with me since my first amateur fight. They were trying to incite a fight so that Edmond would get kicked out and we’d be lost without our head coach,” alleged Rousey.
“I think Ronda used the excuse that they were going to get kicked off the show because she knows that Dennis would have beat him up and she probably wanted him to be able to coach the rest of the season. So I think she realized that wasn’t a good idea,” said Tate.
“It all escalates and goes out into the hallway. I’m there. I jump on and I’m like, ‘let’s end this (expletive) right here, right now.’ And then Team Tate continues to antagonize Team Rousey,” said White. “I just didn’t want another war to break out.”
There has been plenty of drama on The Ultimate Fighter 18, but the one person who remained calm, cool, collected and professional was Team Tate coach Bryan Caraway.
Even when Rousey called him out and got in his face during the bar scene at Red Rocks Resort and Casino, Caraway remained composed, refusing to engage in a shouting match with her or her coaching staff.
It was a lose-lose situation for Caraway, yet he managed to escape from it looking like a true gentleman in the eyes of the general public.
As the Dalai Lama once said, “Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”
Props to Caraway for keeping his cool and showing professionalism, even when the opposing team tried to stir the pot by getting in his face.