UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make her second title defense this winter against former Strikeforce champion Meisha Tate. Currently serving as coaches on the 18th season of 'The Ultimate Fighter,' Rousey and Tate will have part two of their infamous rivalry on Dec. 28, 2013 at UFC 168 in Las Vegas.
The pair met back in Strikeforce in 2012, ending with Rousey claiming the 135lbs belt from Tate with a devastating arm bar submission. Undefeated at 7-0, Rousey has gone on to become the face of women's MMA and one of the UFC's biggest stars. Since their title scrap at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, Tate was able to claim a submission victory over veteran Julie Kedzie. Tate than went on to be TKO'd by Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale back in April.
Although Rousey was originally slated to face Zingano for the title, along staring opposite on TUF, a knee injury forced Zingano to withdraw. Zingano's loss may be our gain, as Dana White has reiterated multiple times how emotionally charged this season has become.
"I'm telling you, they hate each other so bad," he said. "You're going to see a lot of blur marks. Every f---ing time [Ronda is] seeing her, she's flipping off and getting in her face."
In addition to serving as TUF's first female coaches, this season will be fielded of both men and women fighting at 135lbs. Rousey made history this past February by headlining her first successful title defense in her UFC debut by submitting Liz Carmouche via armbar in the first round.