Let The Drama Begin: TUF 18 Rousey vs. Tate Cast Announced

Season 18 of the UFC’s reality fight show “TUF” gets underway this coming September 4th and it promises to be an exciting season.

Premiering on a new Network (FOX Sports 1) and a new night (Wednesdays), the show will bring together (for the first time) a house full of male and female (bantamweight) fighters, and as led by two female coaches (Ronda Rousey & Miesha Tate).

With 32 fighters being called and only 16 advancing into the house, the show should be interesting enough simply based on the fact that it’s a mix of male and female fighters. However, add in the legitimate dislike that the two coaches have for one another and a dash of Bryan “Kid Lightning” Caraway, Tate’s long-time boyfriend and Rousey’s #1 man in the UFC to hate, and we might not only end-up with some decent fights to watch, but also some real drama; drama that has lacked in the past few season and which was something that Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen failed to deliver (under much hype) last year.  

Of the show that he’s produced and will air, UFC President Dana White stated:

“This season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ was monumental, as we had women as coaches and competitors – fighting and living together with the men – for the first time ever. Obviously the fierce rivalry between Ronda and Miesha is going to get everyone’s attention, but it doesn’t take away from their dedication and success as coaches and the level of talent this season. One of the things that always makes “The Ultimate Fighter” great is the fights, and this season continues to deliver. Since we added the women’s division earlier this year, they’ve been putting on awesome fights, and the streak continues on the show, giving the men some serious competition and setting up some fight-of-the-night worthy battles.”

For my money, I’m guessing that TUF will deliver this year and will be well worth the view and as such, could well draw back some audience (myself included) that it has lost over the past few seasons.  

The full cast list is as follows:

WOMEN:

Sarah Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, Canada

Valerie Letourneau (4-3), 30, Canada

Laura Howarth (4-0), 26, England

Shayna Baszler (15-8), 33, United States

Revelina Berto (3-1), 24, United States

Jessamyn Duke (2-1), 27, United States

Tonya Evinger (11-6), 32, United States

Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, United States

Bethany Marshall (4-1), 25, United States

Peggy Morgan (2-0), 33, United States

Gina Mazany (3-0), 25, United States

Roxanne Modafferi (15-10), 30, United States

Julianna Pena (4-2), 24, United States

Raquel Pennington (3-3), 24, United States

Jessica Rakoczy (1-3), 36, United States

Colleen Schneider (4-3), 31, United States

MEN:

Louis Fisette (6-1), 23, Canada

Josh Hill (9-0), 26, Canada

Patrick Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Ireland

Davey Grant (8-1), 27, England

Michael Wooten (6-0), 24, England

Emil Hartsner (4-0), 23, Sweden

Chris Beal (7-0), 28, United States

Cody Bollinger (14-3), 22, United States

Rafael Freitas (6-0-1), 29, United States

Tim Gorman (9-2), 30, United States

Anthony Gutierrez (4-0), 22, United States

Chris Holdsworth (4-0), 25, United States

Sirwan Kakai (9-1), 23, United States

Danny Martinez (18-4), 28, United States

Matt Munsey (4-1), 26, United States

Lee Sandmeier (9-0), 30, United States



6 Comments

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    thexperience1

    August 16, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Can't wait for this ****…. !! Rousey looks like a lunatic… JUST THE WAY I LIKE HER! :-D

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    Akordas

    August 17, 2013 at 3:39 am

    These girls takes everything to personally… I really enjoyed Sonnen and Jones profesional behavior to make show about a fighters not about themselves.

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    Entity

    August 17, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Dana found out that women drama sells. Mainstream breeds this kind of thing.

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    Cpt. Paranoid

    August 17, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I always fast forward to the fights. I really can do without the drama, it has nothing to do with fighting. I understand that this way the fans "get to know" the fighters. But fighters should be judged and liked or disliked by what they do in the cage. I've said it before; Will I have to hire a drama coach to the gym so that my fighters will have a chance to make it to the UFC?

    I'm a big fan of Ronda, 'cause she's a great fighter. I wish she would stick to that, and stay a way from the cameras when she's not fighting, because she seems to have become a b.i.t.c.h.

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