Coming up on Setptember 4, the UFC's reality show The Ultimate Fighter will be making it's debut on the promotion's new cable TV home Fox Sports 1. TUF 18 will feature fighters from both the men's and women's Bantamweight divisions. Coaching the competitors will be women's champion Ronda Rousey and her long-time rival and next challenger Miesha Tate.
The two coaches have a storied history that started in the lead up to their first match for the Strikeforce women's 135 lb. title. After weeks of trash talk, Ronda defeated Tate to win the belt in her Bantamweight debut. Since then, they have continued to trade barbs through social media and, of course, that has continued heading into their season of TUF coaches.
In a Google Hangout on Friday August 23, Tate spoke to Fox Sports 1's Mike Chiappetta and Garreth Davies about coaching against her "arch nemesis":
I've had people I worked with before that I didn't get along with, but never to this extent. I don't know what her reasoning was for it, but at one point she just flipped a switch and she just became this mega-bitch. For the rest of the season it was just horrible having to deal with her. Probably about a week in, everything just changed and it was all just a downhill slope from there.
She puts on this tough girl act. She flips me off and she cusses me out. She does all these things and I really think deep down inside it's because she respects me a lot. She's realizing the first time she was able to get away with that. It bothered me and she was able to emotionally manipulate me and this time it's not. So, I think she's even more aggravated about it and that's why she's really escalated.
Now that she can't do that I think it really pisses her off and it bothers her, the fact that I just laugh at it.
Tate touched on many other subjects in the 50 minute Hangout including what it was like coaching fighters she could be facing in the Octagon after the show, training with her boyfriend and fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway, and how she became a mixed martial artist.
The UFC has not yet set an official date for the TUF 18 Finale, but it's expected to happen in Las Vegas, NV in late November. Following that, Rousey and Tate will meet in the co-main event of UFC 168 for their rematch. The headliner will feature another rematch as Anderson Silva attempts to reclaim his Middleweight title from Chris Weidman who knocked him out at UFC 162. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 28.