Former Strikeforce women's Bantamweight champ Miesha Tate makes her UFC debut against Cat Zingano at this weekend's The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. The winner gets to coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Ronda Rousey.
Tate spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about the fight and the opportunity:
"My first question was ‘coaching guys or girls?' and he said ‘both,'" Tate said. "He said 'It's going to be crazy. I said ‘you better have mandatory birth control and lots of condoms available, ‘cause it's going to get crazy, and getting knocked up isn't very good for your career.' And he said ‘yeah I know, its worse than getting knocked out.'
"I'm excited for it, I think it's going to be wild. I think it's going to be Real World meets TUF, and I don't know, I have this idea or joke actually that all the girls are going to be lesbians or hooking up with all the girls, and all the boys are going on there with hope they're thinking we'll be the first guys and this is going to be awesome."
"I feel like I did a great job keeping myself grounded and I'm never the kind of person to get excited about something that, when I know there's something I have to do before that," Tate said. "So I'm not going to be all excited about ‘The Ultimate Fighter' and excited about Ronda when I still a huge obstacle in my way and that's Cat. There is no ‘Ultimate Fighter' and there is no Ronda without beating Cat, so anytime I found myself even thinking about ‘The Ultimate Fighter' I immediately switched gears, I start thinking about Cat Zingano and the fight, and beating her, because that's what's most important for me."