During the Nov. 4 episode of ProWMMA Now!, Sarah "Cheesecake" Moras admits she wanted to be on Ronda Rousey's team and not part of Team Tate as she prepared for the filming of The Ultimate Fighter 18.
Moras, a 25-year-old bantamweight, says she had already worked with Tate prior to the filming, so she was hoping to work with someone new just to see what other skills she could pick up.
"I was happy with some aspects of it, you know, it was definitely different having Miesha [Tate] there," Moras said of her time on TUF 18. "When everything was announced and stuff with Cat [Zingano] being out of it, we found out after we had already weighed in that it wasn't going to be Cat and that it was going to be Miesha, so we sort of went into this whole experience, you know, we made weight we were just finding out who we were fighting when we found out Miesha was going to be a coach instead of Cat, so it was a different experience going into it, you know?
"Like I was hoping to be on Ronda's team when I thought it was Cat. And I had already worked a bit with Miesha. She only lives about six hours from me. I've had that chance to train with her before, so I was sort of looking forward to training with someone new that I hadn't worked with before and seeing what they got."
Moras declines to predict winner of Tate vs Rousey
Moras, who fights Julianna Pena in the semifinal round of the show, also raised some eyebrows by declining to predict a victory by Tate over Rousey for their UFC 168 fight. It seems a bit odd that she wouldn't pick her coach to earn the win since most of the fighters on the opposing team already openly stated that they think Rousey will defeat Tate.
Perhaps Moras' comments about Tate and Rousey's UFC 168 fight shows that Team Tate really wasn't as close with their coach as the opposing squad.
"It's hard to say. I dont really want to answer that," Moras said when asked by show host Gina Begley who she thinks will win the bout between Tate and Rousey.
Team Tate not as close as Team Rousey?
Moras also hinted that Tate's team didn't end up becoming as close with each other as Rousey's team did during the show.
Many of the members of Team Rousey have been spotted on social media, posting photos of themselves with teammates and essentially declaring themselves part of "Team Real Mean" for life. Moras admits Team Tate didn't have the same kind of bond, although she wouldn't say exactly why.
Fight fans will have to tune in to upcoming episodes of "TUF 18" to see what Moras was hinting at.
"Yeah there's definitely stuff that was sort of missed," Moras said when asked by Begley why it seems like Team Tate wasn't as close after the show as Team Rousey. "I think the next episode and possibly the one after that will cover it a bit more. I can't really talk about it, but I'm sure you'll sort of understand more in the next episodes to come."
Fight fans can listen to the rest of Moras' interview with ProWMMA! Now by following this link.
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