UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is adding one more accolade to her resume: Ultimate Fighter coach.
During UFC 158, Dana White announced Rousey would be one of the coaches for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. She set to coach against the winner of the Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano fight, which takes place April 13. According to MMA Junkie.com, men and women who fight at 135 pounds are invited to the show’s tryouts in April.
Whether or not the show will feature both men and women fighters, Rousey will get a chance to show the world she is as good of a coach as she is a fighter.
One thing that makes the UFC women’s champion different than most coaches on the show, is she goes to several different training camps before a fight. While Zingano and Tate train at one or two gyms with their regular training partners, Rousey travels around to four or five gyms and works on specific areas of her fight game. She has made headlines in the past for training with Cesar Gracie and the Diaz brothers, for her grappling as well as Lucia Rijker, for her striking.
While some younger fighters will want to stick to the gym where they first started training, having specific trainers to work on different areas of their fighting can benefit them, just like it has Rousey.
Rousey will also be comfortable in front of the camera as she is already familiar to audiences due to her appearances on the show. In addition to her TUF experience, Rousey has become a superstar in the past year, appearing on several television shows and magazine covers. For fighters whose star is rising, she would be someone to learn from in terms of how to conduct themselves in and out of the cage.
If she ends up coaching against Tate, it would make for some great television and could be on par with past TUF rivalries.
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