Ronda Rousey is the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, so you would think it would be tough to get under her skin. That might be the case inside the octagon, but her appearance as a coach on the upcoming series of The Ultimate Fighter has been pretty tough on the 26-year-old.
She’s coaching against Meisha Tate, who she already has a public rivalry with. The tension couldn’t help the situation as Rousey was originally expected to coach against Cat Zingano. It all fell through after Zingano suffered a knee injury.
With Zingano out and Tate in, Rousey was put in a tough situation but she continued to focus on teaching her competitors. The Ultimate Fighter 18 will debut on Fox Sports 1 this Fall and it’s obvious you can expect some tension throughout the show.
It may have got the best of the current Women’s Bantamweight Champion, though she did admit that the talent on the show was great.
Ronda Rousey recently opened up about her time on the show during a Facebook chat sponsored by Metro PCS this past Wednesday.
“It’s a lot more work than I thought it would be, and it’s a lot more emotionally taxing than I thought it would be. You care a lot about these kids,” she said during the chat. “I just felt like any kind of heartbreak or triumph, whatever they’re going through, I share in it. It’s exhausting going through that over and over and over with every competitor.”
The series has had some unforgettable moments over the years, which is most likely the reason why it’s been such a success. Rousey’s time on the show is probably no different and she explained the difficulty of being a coach by saying, “You’re just so emotionally invested in every person that it really takes a lot out of you.”
Do you think The Ultimate Fighter 18 with Ronda Rousey is going to be an instant hit once it airs this Fall?