Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, was a big deal for the UFC. They led in with a big bump in production value and a resurgence of talent with TUF 17 on FX prior to the premier on their new home at FS1. For the debut season on the promotion's new home network, they pulled in women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to face her arch nemesis and former challenger Miesha Tate.
Tate came in as an injury replacement for Rousey's original opponent Cat Zingano. However, as she said in the season permier, when Rousey was informed of Tate coming on she thought she was being replaced. However, until Wednesday night's recap episode UFC president Dana White and Rousey spoke about the incident:
"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 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."
Unsurprisingly, they didn't go into details about what Dana's squabble was with Rousey's legal team. Whatever the matter may have been, it clearly got resolved as Ronda and Tate are still scheduled to face each other as the co-main event for UFC 168. The headlining fight will feature the rematch between Middleweight champion Chris Weidman and the division's former overlord Anderson Silva. it will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on December 28.