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Miesha Tate replaces injured Cat Zingano to coach against Ronda Rousey at TUF 18

According to ufc.com/news when taping began on Tuesday for TUF 18, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey got quite the surprise in the form of her opposing coach: her long-time rival Miesha Tate.

Rousey was expected to coach against Cat Zingano who defeated Tate to get the coaching gig and a chance at the bantamweight champion. Zingano suffered a knee injury during training, forcing TUF 18 to call up a new coach, which they revealed to cast members and Rousey herself earlier today.

Rousey will now face Tate at the end of the season instead of Zingano for the bantamweight title. This will be a rematch from when Rousey defeated and took Tate’s Strikeforce title in March of 2012, via (of course) first-round armbar submission.

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46 Comments to Miesha Tate replaces injured Cat Zingano to coach against Ronda Rousey at TUF 18

  1. King says:

    This was planned as soon as Zingano beat Tate. Dana wants to keep his ratings high. It’s a bit too obvious!

  2. Jimbo Nice says:

    Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist but seems convienent that it fell the way Dana wanted it too…

  3. GRT 3000 says:

    +1^ exactly…what the UFC wanted all along. But it now it’s less exciting b/c Tate lost. but at least the show won’t be lost on hotness.

  4. JDSantos121 says:

    Yeah, I agree that it seems pretty convenient, but in the end, that’s all it really is. Zingano got injured, and the UFC gets the more dramatic coaching scenario. No conspiracies needed.

    I do agree, however, that Zingano proved herself to be the more dangerous threat to Rousey’s title, and it’s a fight I will continue to look forward to when her knee heals up.

  5. Gabe418 says:

    Zingano is coaching not fighting…and she should be healed by the time her fight with Ronda is scheduled…yeah this was set up

    • Nate "THE CHEAT" Marquardt says:

      Unless she’s like GSP and milks a 5 month injury into 22 months. NOONE has ever MILKED an ACL injury longer than GSP

      Cat is 10 times tuffer than GSP and a ton more heart and 100 times more exciting to watch.

      You clowns can have tha borefest-snoozefest-jabberfest Georges SAFE-Pierre

  6. KIDD433 says:

    I agree.All too convenient.

  7. jason says:

    In this case “injury” pretty clearly means “was paid off”. Everyone knows this was what Dana wanted…to build the first season of TuF with women on it by drawing on the animosity between Tate and Rousey.

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