The number of the day is 18, as in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18.
It doesn't sound as funny unless you say it like Count Von Count, the number-crunching bloodsucker from Sesame Street who bears an uncanny resemblance to mixed martial arts (MMA) coach Edmond Tarverdyan. Well, that's according to Coach Miesha Tate, who poked fun at Ronda Rousey's lead trainer during last night's episode of TUF 18 (recap).
"As you saw on this episode Team Tate pulled off what they referred to as a 'prank,' where they left a figurine of 'The Count' with a coupon for an eyebrow wax in our locker room and wrote Edmond's name on it. Honestly, it turned my stomach. That's not a prank; it's an unwarranted personal attack on Coach Edmond. Pranks are supposed to be mindless and funny. That wasn't funny or tasteful. It was hurtful and mean and what I expect from high school bullies. What a horrible example to be setting; that making fun of someone's appearance is funny and okay. We heard that it was Dennis Hallman who did that, but if you see the episode, Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway were in involved. It was just stupid and I would hope that anyone watching the show sees the difference from pranking and bullying. Obviously, we didn't show Edmond, because it would have enraged him. Team Tate was just trying to get him kicked off the show and get him off focus. He was really important to our team because even though Ronda was the head coach, Edmond really ran the practices and was our main strategist. Plus, Ronda had already told Dana White that we would knock off the bullshit, so we didn't respond. Team Tate really took advantage of the fact that we were going to stand by our word to Dana, and as a result, really tried to bully us."
Considering some of the earlier pranks, which involved sperm-filled sushi during season eight, I'd say Team Rousey got off easy (no pun intended).
Coach Edmond nearly came to blows with Team Tate import and former UFC welterweight Dennis Hallman on episode four (recap), which prompted UFC President Dana White to intervene and ask Team Rousey to let go of their hate -- at least until UFC 168 -- and keep themselves out of trouble during the FOX Sports 1 reality show.
That's where "Rowdy" will rematch "Cupcake" for the 135-pound title, as both coaches meet for a second time in the "Weidman vs. Silva 2" pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event on Dec, 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And we know who Duke will be rooting for.