According to a Sept. 5 post from MMA Weekly, Peggy Morgan says almost all the contestants who made it into the "TUF 18" house wanted to be on Ronda Rousey's team rather than the one Miesha Tate was coaching.
"I think almost everyone there, including me, was hoping to be on Team Rousey," Morgan said. "Every time it was Meisha’s turn to choose, I thought, “Please not me; please not me.” I was happy and relieved when Ronda picked me. I was also happy when Ronda chose to pit Shayna against Julianna in the first fight. I honestly believed that Julianna was a waste of first pick and that Shayna would absolutely obliterate her in the cage."
Morgan says everyone was surprised to walk into the "TUF" gym and see Tate standing in front of them, rather than Cat Zingano.
Veteran MMA brawler Tara LaRosa was apparently so surprised to see Tate that she unleashed a stream of profanities.
"Adding to the sense of confusion was that instead of walking in to see Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano, as we had expected, we found Ronda and Miesha Tate waiting for us," Morgan said. "The world of Women’s MMA is relatively small and many of the fighters there knew Miesha personally. Some were happy to see her there. Others were not. If you think Ronda’s reaction to learning that Miesha would be coaching opposite her was extreme, you should have heard Tara LaRosa: “What the (expletive) is that (expletive) doing here? I was personally a little disappointed because I’d hoped to be on Cat’s team."
Morgan is one of the eight female fighters who made it into the "TUF 18" house. The other seven to make it in are: Jessamyn Duke, Jessica Rakoczy, Roxanne Modafferi, Raquel Pennington, Shayna Baszler and Julianna Pena.
"After Ronda won the coin toss and chose first fight over first pick, I fully expected Miesha to choose Shayna Baszler," Morgan said. "I knew that Julianna Pena is Miesha’s friend and training partner, but Shayna’s experience made her the frontrunner in the eyes of pretty much everyone there and it seemed a no-brainer that she would be the first one picked. I was surprised when Miesha chose Julianna and honestly thought it was a stupid decision."