Miesha Tate will end up rematching Ronda Rousey much sooner than anyone thought, as the UFC has announced that Tate is stepping in for the injured Cat Zingano in TUF 18, and will fight the bantamweight champ after the season concludes.
According to a report from Yahoo’s Kevin Iole, Zingano injured her knee while training recently, forcing the UFC to bring in a replacement. Zingano’s injury, which reportedly occurred on May 16th, was kept a secret and revealed to Rousey the first day of taping Tuesday.
Rousey was quoted saying in the Yahoo report:
“This is what we really wanted all along. Everyone said an Ultimate Fighter between me and Miesha would be the best. We have a personal history with each other and this is a personal show. For some reason, me and Miesha are intertwined in fate like Ali and Frazier or something like that.”
UFC President Dana White stated in the story:
“But with Miesha, she and Ronda already had a great fight and they have a history together. They don’t like each other. We’ll make it work. We always do. You know how I say every day when I wake up, I know some bad [expletive] is going to happen? Well, this was one of them, but we’re doing the best we can here.”
The renowned grappler and Judo competitor tapped out Tate with a first round armbar in March, 2012, to become Strikeforce champion. The two formed a heated rivalry heading into the tilt, so it’s not surprising to read Rousey’s reaction.
Tate “auditioned” for an opportunity to coach opposite of Rousey in April, but after pulling ahead early on, she was stopped by Zingano in round three. TUF 18 will premiere on September 4th.
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