History will be made on SEASON 18 OF The Ultimate Fighter® as women make their debut in the reality series
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nevada – In a move set to make
history, The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced
Saturday evening that it will feature women as coaches on the 18th
season of The Ultimate Fighter®, its long-running reality series.
Newly minted UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda
Rousey, will coach opposite the winner, and eventual title
contender, of a fight between Miesha Tate
Zingano set for The Ultimate Fighter Finale on April 13 in Las
UFC President Dana White's announcement:
Earlier this year, the UFC announced Rousey as the first-ever
female fighter signed to the organization. She cemented her
position as UFC champion and baddest woman on the planet with an
impressive win against Liz
Carmouche at UFC® 157 in Anaheim, Calif.
On April 13, former Strikeforce bantamweight women’s champion
Tate will square-off against highly touted, undefeated
contender Cat Zingano
in the second women’s bout in UFC history. The winner will
ultimately join Rousey as coach to the newest class of
bantamweights – living and training together – vying for the title
of The Ultimate Fighter and a six–figure contract with the UFC.
Tryouts for season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter will take place on
Monday, April 15 in Las Vegas, Nev. All TUF™ 18 candidates must be
at least 21 years old, have the legal ability to live & work in
the United States, and have a minimum of three professional Mixed
Martial Arts (MMA) fights – holding a winning record (with
Tryout details will be released on Monday, March 18. TUF 18 is
expected to debut in the fall of 2013.
Meanwhile, tickets for season 17’s The Ultimate Fighter® Finale are
on-sale now. To purchase tickets to the April 13th event at
Mandalay Bay Events Center, or for more information, visit the
Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations,
www.ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.
Catch all new episodes of this season of The Ultimate Fighter 17 at
9 p.m. ET/PT.
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship® Universally recognized
for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of
the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the
world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and
operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices
in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live
events annually and is the largest pay-per-view event provider in
the world. In 2012, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a
landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media
Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX
network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of
hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV.
This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on
television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which airs on FX.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in
over 145 countries, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide,
in 28 different languages. UFC content is also distributed
commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through
Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium
Sports Broadcasting Inc. and Australia via Main Event and in French
throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of
millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social
media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is
considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in
sports, with nearly 2.4 million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC
businesses include best-selling DVDs and video games, an
internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event
broadcasts and video on demand around the world, a new franchise in
development with EA, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC
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