During Wednesday night's (Sept. 4, 2013) premiere episode of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, replacement coach Miesha Tate was having a grand, old time.
Her opposing coach and UFC 168 opponent Ronda Rousey, by comparison, was experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions. Not only did producers pull a bait-and-switch, they also "manipulated" her to make the show as entertaining as possible for FOX Sports 1.
"Rowdy" vents during a post-episode discussion (via MMA Fighting):
"It kind of set the tone for the whole series, where they would purposely go out of there way to manipulate me to make me react as dramatically as possible. Which is probably one of the reasons I walked away from the whole experience with a pretty sour taste in my mouth. They didn't really care about making it easy on us. They cared about making it entertaining for everybody else. But it was nice to know right off the bout what their priorities were, and it definitely wasn't us. I was there to watch fights and pay attention, I wasn't there to kiss ass."
See our results and recap for episode one by clicking here.
After wrapping up the combat sports reality show's first-ever co-ed season, Rousey will put her bantamweight title on the line against "Cupcake" in the co-main event of the UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Dec. 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And if you thought she was sour now, wait until she gets back into the cage in "Sin City."