TUF 18 Episode 12 Recap: Ronda Rousey Gets Some Egg On Her Face

Last night’s episode of this season’s “The Ultimate Fighter” was certainly an interesting affair, and more because of what didn’t happen, than what did.

First let’s deal with the perennial coach’s challenge.

In it, Coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate were put head-to-head in a rock climbing contest; first to the top and to ring the bell won 10K and an additional $1,500 for each of the team’s members.

The challenge began and the two went up the wall, with Rousey racing to the top near the end, ringing the bell, and claiming both victory and the cash; good for her.

However and sadly, Ronda then began to demonstrate poor sportsmanship, and in forgetting the old adage that one should say little in defeat and even less in victory, Rousey began to taunt Tate; saying “F-you b***h”.  

With it, Rousey began to throw Tate the (double) “middle finger salute” and telling her to get “used” to it; referencing their upcoming December 28th fight.

To all of it, Tate simply remarked “classy”.

To that, Rousey stated, “at least I’m honest about it”.

Given that Tate’s remark was sarcastic in its nature and that Rousey acceded to the comment, fans can only conclude that indeed, Coach Rousey demonstrated no class. Sadly, it’s been a bit of an ongoing theme throughout the season.

As to the meat of the show, there wasn’t any or perhaps, there was too much of it in Anthony Guttierez’s diet.

As UFC President Dana White stated in the lead-up promo to the show “this has never happened in the history of the Ultimate Fighter”, because for the second time this season / ever a fighter (Anthony Guttierez) failed to make weight.

The night before having to hit his 135 pound weight limit, Guttierez was hanging out in the hot tub drinking water and unconcerned about his weight cut. A good guess would be that he was north for 145, which is the weight he woke up at the next morning. That aside and try as he may, Guttierez was unable to cut the weight and after considerable effort, inclusive of treadmill, sauna and positive encouragement from his coaches, Guttierez eventually threw in the towel. For the record, he never cracked 140 on the scale.

The outcome of it was that Guttierez was thrown off the show and a tearful Coach Rousey felt compelled to apologize to Dana White, for having failed in her coaching duties. Of course, the interesting thing about Rousey’s apology is that she had harangued Coach Tate a few weeks back (episode 9) for the very same issue; a fighter (Cody Bollinger) missing weight. Rousey made a big ta do about it, blaming Tate for the failure; that as coach it was her responsibility to ensure the fighter made weight. Ironically, it turns out that Rousey was guilty of the same mismanagement and to the point, ended up with egg on her face for her previous remarks on the subject.  

As to Anthony Guttierez directly, what can be said?

He originally made weight for a fight that his opponent couldn’t make weight for, and was subsequently given a pass to the semifinals. He had more than enough time and reason to hit weight again, but he didn’t. And to be honest, when everyone else in the house is struggling, starving and denying themselves (readily available) food, to make their weights, to not do the same is not only unprofessional, but it’s disrespectful on many different levels.  

If there’s a lesson to learn from all of this it’s that failure is always an option, as is quitting, and a fighter that doesn’t take his weight (and cardio) seriously, will go nowhere in the sport of mixed martial arts. As Dana White said, he had “no heart”.

The truly regrettable part of all this is that it’s the second of two “lottery tickets” that have been wasted during this season, and that’s hard for fans to accept, when here are so many young, talented fighters with drive, that would’ve loved to have made it onto the show and sacrificed, to keep what Guttierez was handed and then threw away.

As a final note regarding this issue, it’s sad commentary on the male fighters that the two blowouts / fails from this season are both men. Where the ladies have carried themselves with complete professionalism, making weight and putting on great fights, the men have failed to do so, and have been a disappointment in the two fights that they dropped.  

Up next in the house will be Raquel Pennington (team Tate) vs. Jessica Rakoczy (Team Rousey). This should be a very good fight and pits a well-rounded brawler with power (Pennington), as up against a disciplined and technical boxer / striker (Rakoczy). If Pennington can cull the win, it means that team Tate will have placed three fighters out of four available slots for the two TUF finale bouts, and will guarantee herself no less than a draw with Rousey for her coaching efforts.  

One thing is guaranteed about this match, and that is that both fighters will have the professionalism, heart and determination to make weight.

On a bookkeeping note, Anthony Guttierez’s opponent, David Grant, advances to the finals via “bye” and will face Chris Holdsworth (team Tate) for the men’s finale, November 30, as broadcast on FOX.

Coach’s challenge video courtesy of the UFC


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    enjoylife321

    November 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Rhonda is a trashy bit-ch….She is the one who won't let the beef go. Also, the guy who missed weight is going in the bath then coming out and drinking twice as much as he sweats out then he starts drinking the shower water……He pretended to cut weight but gave up like a pu-ssy. I was expecting Dana to lose it but he was relatively calm.

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      Brian Cox

      November 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Enjoy, I think he may have calmed down the reaction because he thought about it. It's not cool to chew a guy out for missing weight, not really. He should just be dismissed and that's about it. However, chewing him out over a subject that fighters have died over, in terms of trying to accomplish is not good for business.

      Trust me on this, it would be a catastrophe for the UFC if a fighter said he wanted to quit, because he wasn't feeling well or thought he couldn't do it and then have a TUF coach talk him or her to "bravely" continuing on, only to have them die while trying to do so.

      That would not be good for business. That might be why White just let it go. If so, it's the smart move. What's done is done. There's no point in making the guy feel any more like a piece of crap, than he's going to make himself feel, when he gets rehydrated and some food in him.

      Oh, well.

      Funny, the whole time I was watching it, I kept thinking about Joe Riggs and the cuts he did on Fightmaster. Anthony should go watch that if he wants to see what real self-control and a hard cut looks like.

      Note to self: If on a tournament show and you hit weight and win…stay at weight. You're life will be a whole lot easier and you won't F-up. All hail Joe Riggs.

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      DeeJaySlyTee

      November 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Haha! lOVE IT! Added fuel to the fire!

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    PukeVomit

    November 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    what a whore

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    soiWANNABEafighter

    November 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    s there anyone on this site who hopes that this dumb ugly ***** is gonna get knfo in their fight more than I do?

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      soiWANNABEafighter

      November 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Biatch – is the word

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      Brian Cox

      November 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      So…actually, it would be an interesting question to put to the test. I think it's safe to say that Rousey has lost many fans and or fence sitters, since TUF began.

      Also, she cries too much; she cries over everything. For the record, I don't think Tate has cried on the show once.

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        soiWANNABEafighter

        November 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        Well said. Even tough me and a lot of Lowkickers obviously agree that Ronda has had (right next to Gina) the hugest star potential in women's mma – I have the feeling she is f*****g it up with this character she is revealing on TUF.

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          Brian Cox

          November 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

          So…."Bad" sells. The more people that hate her, the more people that want to see her lose on December 28th, the more money she's going to make. And if she wins, and then acts like a poor winner, more people will hate her and she'll make more money.

          It's worked for Sonnen, it's worked for Koscheck, sort of worked for Diaz and now it works for Rousey. I'm shocked more fighters don't do it.

          When we love to hate something or someone, truly want them to lose, there's something special about it. It makes it more interesting for the fans.

          As much as we might hate her, we have to love her for pushing our buttons. I still think this is the best season we've seen in years.

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    SatelliteMan

    November 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    This article is biased big time.

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      Brian Cox

      November 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      SatelliteMan, I don't think the article is biased.

      I feel I represented both sides of failing to make weight, equally well. :-)

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        SatelliteMan

        November 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

        Haha. You did try to represent both sides, but sometimes you just can't control your heart! No disrespect to your articles, I enjoy them much, but your Miesha Tate articles always have some controversy, haha.

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          Brian Cox

          November 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

          SatelliteMan,

          No disrespect taken and in turn, I hope I haven't offered any.

          In terms of Miesha articles, I'm writing about her in terms of TUF and haven't written anything about her, since my famous "she's beautiful" article, months and months ago.

          If terms of the controversy of the show, I feel I've represented it for what it is, in terms of what the show has edited together and allowed fans to see.

          I'm also more than happy to admit that I love or love to hate, a "black hat" and Ronda has been a great black hat. I think fans have missed it on the show, when she gets sweet or nice. I think the fans have rendered their verdict, that they like her more as a "B" than a nice sweet girl.

          I also think that's part of the reason why the show has worked this year, because there's a sweet nice one (Miesha) and this tough *** "B" (Ronda) and like Ying and Yang, they just go together; compliment one another.

          And yes, as you probably know I have a crush on Miesha, but regardless, if there was a reason to tell a different story on her or anyone on the show, I'd so and as according to the facts presented.

          Either way, I'm sure we'll all get a great fight on the 28th of next month and all will be good.

          Cheers SatelliteMan,

          Brian

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      Zip

      November 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      That's quite a charge Satellite. Give evidence of said bias.

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        SatelliteMan

        November 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

        It starts from the title and goes from there.

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        SatelliteMan

        November 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

        Oh, relax Zip, I'm not accusing Brian of murder. Rhonda is acting like a poor sport, 100% agreed. But, it's not because she is a poor sport, rather it's her hate for Tate, which has a backstory. The article charges Rhonda with an overall lack of class, and ignores Tate's contribution to this awesome rivalry.

        The way I see it is Rhonda's honest about her feelings, while many want to smash her for being mean, I respect the fact that 'what you see is what you get', unlike Tate.

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          Zip

          November 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

          No argument here. Matter of fact, I may just come around to Rondas' side again. Been looking for an excuse, and you just gave it to me :)

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            SatelliteMan

            November 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

            Well your challenge definitely got me thinking and I think we both ended up somewhere in the middle :)

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            Brian Cox

            November 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

            Zip, we have to appreciate the lady for what she brings to the table. Again, it's great to have someone that you love to hate. That's kind of how I feel about Ronda, but in a very respectful way and with a WWE kind of twist to it.

            I think she is the way she is when in combat and training and the rest of the time, as we've seen her around her team, she's a very likeable, sweet, nice, passionate human being. Nothing to not like there, but as a fighter, I hate her and I want her to lose. She is so amazingly talented, that I want to see her ego crushed, the same way I wanted to see Anderson Silva's ego crushed and have him brought back down to earth with the rest of us mere mortals.

            Strange, I look at Ronda and Miesha the same way I do the old Mad Magazine Spy Vs. Spy characters; one black, the other white and always trying to kill one another.

            God love them and mostly because of Ronda, because she doesn't let things go, they are easily one of the best rivalries in MMA and that's not an easy thing to accomplish; should be a hell of a bout on the 28th.

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          Brian Cox

          November 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

          SatelliteMan, on the point about me saying that she had no class, I was very particular about how I put that, that Ronda had agreed with it and that I was only talking about the moment, and not Ronda as a person.

          She can be forgiven for the heat of the moment and even for being overly competitive (which is a great quality to have in any sport or even life), but nonetheless, it's not really my style or many other peoples styles to gloat in a victory. Personally, I've always found it tacky, but it is her right to act as she pleases and as she said, at least she's honest about it. I just hope that when we finally see her lose and everyone does sometime, that she's be okay with another fighter doing the same to her.

          Regarding what she brings to the show, I couldn't agree with you more, my friend.

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    Entity

    November 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I just hope Meisha plays the fight smart, keeps distance with hard front kicks and smashed Rhonda's panface to pieces. I really dislike that bich.

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      Zip

      November 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

      That post is so out of place Entity. However, I'm game. I'll take Rondas' pieces all day. Love that b*itch stuff :)

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      Brian Cox

      November 22, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Awesome, this is like an episode of "Community".

      Seriously, I respect both and think Ronda the gamier fighter and better athlete. That said, I think she's the lesser sports person and a very poor winner.

      As great as she is / may be, he persona so detracts from her skills, as to overwhelm any appreciation of the latter. In a turn, who cares how great she is, fans just want her to lose and go away.

      That, my friends, is an honest assessment of both her skills and social appeasement. As to her marketability, my bet is that it's down.

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        Zip

        November 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

        Unfortunately, you're spot on Brian. All joking aside, Ronda is simply incorrigible. She was quite correct to worry about her persona on the show. It won't happen, but even I am hoping that Miesha wins.

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        SatelliteMan

        November 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

        I'm a fan, I don't want to see her lose and go away. You're projecting your personal feelings, Brian. Miesha has a spell on you! Who knew Brian was such a sucker for love :).

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          Brian Cox

          November 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

          SatelliteMan, yeah…I didn't mean go away, as in forever. That would be a real shame and a major loss to WMMA. I probably should have put that remark another way.

          Yes, I have a crush on her and yes, I'm a sucker for love SM, very much the romantic actually, but nonetheless, if Ronda smashes Miesha, I'll report about it accurately and give her all the due is owed. :-)

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    Michael Ruatfela

    November 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    to me TUF is all about drama, not a big fan and it looks fake

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