UFC 158 was a night of dominance from welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre as he was about to control Nick Diaz for 25 minutes of action. However, that wasn’t the only bit of news that came out of the evening. UFC President Dana White announced that that the next season of The Ultimate Fighter would receive a major change.
Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be one of the coaches and will compete against the winner of Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate who are planned to face off next month. What was even more interesting is the fact that the female coaches will be in charge of teams that are made up of both women and men who will be locked away in the house together during the competition. That alone is enough to ruffle the show that needs a shot in the arm.
The season will focus on the 135 pound weight class for both women and men as both divisions need more talent beyond the few top contenders that are currently available.
The open tryouts for this season will begin on April 15th in a yet to be named location. The season’s premiere date has not be released as of yet.
Rumors were already circulating that Rousey was a potential coach earlier in the year and the success of her history making fight against Liz Carmouche gave the UFC all the cause they need to find another way to feature the face of women’s mixed martial arts. Tate and Rousey have a history back to their fight last year and placing them against each other would have a built in story line.