The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 officially wrapped up filming this past week with coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate leading their teams of bantamweight men and women through a gauntlet of challenges to try and navigate their way to the finale fight later this year.
While the major component of TUF is the fighting, the other piece is the reality show portion, and apparently things on that side of the business got interesting this season.
It's no secret that Rousey and Tate dislike each other, and all their hatred surfaced during filming for the last several weeks.
"It was a great season, right down to the fights to make it to the finale. It was a good season," UFC president Dana White said about TUF 18 when speaking to the media after UFC 162. "There were a couple of reality moments I had to get involved in, of course, cause these two are f—king nuts. They hate each other, so I had to get involved a couple times."
The two fighters first crossed paths in 2011 when Rousey called out Tate following a win in Strikeforce. The few months that followed were verbal sparring sessions that the women's division had never seen before.
Rousey finally met Tate in the cage in March 2012 in Columbus, Ohio with the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title up for grabs. Rousey won the strap that night with her signature armbar submission, finishing Tate in the first round.
Now with both coaching on The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, Rousey and Tate will rematch later this year with the belt on the line once again. Maybe even bigger than the title is the rivalry that will finally come to a head in December as the main event of UFC 168.
White says once the editing and production are done, the show will debut on September 4, and he expects a great reaction from everyone watching. No matter how much editing is done, however, White says Rousey and Tate took insanity to a whole new level this season.
"They're both going to look f—king crazy. You know why? They're both f—king crazy," White said. "They bring the worst out in each other. I see Ronda interact with other fighters—Cat Zingano walked over to her tonight and hugged her and Ronda's like 'Oh my god how are you feeling? How long do you think it's going to be till you get back?' Look at her and Liz Carmouche. Her and Liz Carmouche loved each other, they were going to fight, they went out and tried to rip each other's heads off.
"These two bring the absolute f—king worst out of each other. They both look like f—king lunatics."
The reality show drama between Rousey and Tate will only amplify the intensity on television, and the UFC hopes the ratings will follow.
It is the first season in The Ultimate Fighter history where women are not only serving as coaches but also where women's MMA fighters are competing as well.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 debuts on September 4 on the new Fox Sports 1 network.
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, and all quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.
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