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Ronda Rousey Will Be Coach on Historic Season of The Ultimate Fighter

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 23:  Ronda Rousey is interviewed following her UFC Bantamweight Title fight victory over Liz Carmouche during UFC 157 at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

Ronda Rousey just keeps on making UFC history.

The newest mainstream MMA star and women's bantamweight champion will be the first woman to coach the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter show, according to an announcement from UFC.com.

Dana White also made the announcement during FX's broadcast of the UFC 158 prelims.

Rousey's next challenger and opposing coach on the show will be determined by the upcoming bout between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano. That fight is scheduled for The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen card on April 13.

According to the report, the show's cast will feature 135-pound fighters from both the men's and women's divisions.

Rousey and potential opponent Miesha Tate already have some history. Rousey challenged Tate for her Strikeforce championship when they both fought for the now-defunct promotion. Rousey was able to take the title from Tate by armbar at the 4:27 mark in the first round.

Zingano has yet to make her UFC debut but sports a 7-0 record. Her latest win came in the Invicta promotion.

This also marks the first time that female fighters will be featured on the UFC's trademark show.

Rousey made all kinds of UFC history when she became the first woman to headline a UFC event at UFC 157. She successfully defended her championship against Liz Carmouche by first-round armbar in the organization's first-ever female fight.

With more history to be made with Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, it's clear the organization is all in with its first female star.

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