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Ronda Rousey To Coach Men and Women Season On The Ultimate Fighter

The next season of The Ultimate Fighter will get a much needed facelift. The UFC reality competition will get a lot of firsts including two head coaches who are women MMA fighters and a mixed house of male and female fighters.

UFC president Dana White made the official announcement during the UFC 158 weekend. UFC 135 pound women’s champion Ronda Rousey will serve as head coach opposite the winner of Cat Zingano vs. Meisha Tate fight. The two will coach both women and men fighters who will live together throughout the season.

“I’m going to announce tonight the coaches of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ for the next season,” White said. “It will be Ronda Rousey vs. the winner of Tate and Zingano, who are fighting in the TUF Finale on April 13. For the first time ever, two women coaches, and we will have 135-pound men and 135-pound women living and training in the house together.”

I have mixed feelings on it. For one let me be frank and admit that I have barely watched The Ultimate Fighter in several seasons, let alone watched one episode from this season. The format is dull and uninteresting to me at this point. Will this bring me back? Absolutely not. I’ll admit that it is different but I still have no interest in watching amateur fighting every Tuesday night.

I do think that this is a great use of Rousey. Rousey gets a lot of media attention. It is one thing to expect someone to pay $60 to check her out, yet it is another thing altogether when they can do it on free television. I think there are plenty of viewers to be gained when she goes on talk shows and does media to promote the show. I think it’s a smart way to use her.

On the other hand, the mixing of sexes in the house is just asking for trouble. There is a lot that can go wrong there. All it takes is one bad incident between a male and a female to put a big black eye onm MMA and play into the stereotype. This could be a recipe for disaster.

Additionally, from what I read in the social media and in forums, most people are bored with the lame practical jokes and soap operas in the house. I can see this format being a big turn off to the core audience. This show could turn into the Real World real quickly and I have to think there is very little crossover audience between both shows.

The TUF commitment will also keep Rousey out of action until December.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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