The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale descends upon the Mandalay Bay Events Center and live on Fox Sports One followed by the highly anticipated rematch between coaches Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey at UFC 168 one month from today.
Just how far along has Women’s MMA come along in the last three years? UFC president Dana White once said we would never see the ladies in the UFC, Invicta Fighting Championships did not exist and only a handful of MMA promotions would even add a ladies fight to their fight cards.
It was the initial clash between Tate and Rousey that put the ladies in the spotlight and began opening up these new doors over the past two years. It was only fitting to see the current season of The Ultimate Fighter featuring these two bitter rivals as coaches and for the first time ever featuring the ladies alongside the men as competitors on the show. In fact, each week the ladies fought, viewership had been higher than weeks when the men fought this season which just goes to show the popularity of all this change in recent years.
After the new Ultimate Fighter is crowned this Saturday the focus will return to Tate and Rousey who will throw down again on December 28th as the co-main event at UFC 168 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and live on PPV.
Just like the two fighters, many fans seem to be bitter rivals with everyone having a strong opinion for who they support. Even the experts are starting to make their predictions well in advance before the gloves drop on December 28th.
Enjoy The Ultimate Fighter finale this Saturday as the ladies continue to make history in mixed martial arts and don’t miss the grudge rematch between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey one month from today!