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Female MMA pioneer Roxanne Modafferi get her first taste of The Ultimate Fighter life during TUF 18, where, as a contestant, she won our hearts with her sunny outlook. But she also had to deal with a pair of coaches whose rivalry absolutely dominated the camera time: Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

Now Modafferi is back on the show for TUF 26, and since the coaches are Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje – two dudes who actually get along – it’s a whole new ballgame.

As per MMAFighting:

“It was so nice to not have the coaches fight each other, or bickering at each other,” Modafferi said. “Honestly, it was way less stressful for us. I was actually kinda worried that maybe it wouldn’t be as popular on TV because of that, because I know people like drama in that way. They were very competitive, Justin and (Eddie), but still they weren’t as heated as the former coaches, my former coaches, so that was really nice.

“I think the way [TUF 26] was put together was the same, just the cast was different and that made a big difference,” Modafferi added. “I feel like I made friends with everybody on the season, and I wasn’t constantly injured on this season like I was on my past season. That didn’t really get any coverage. But yeah, I liked this season better.”