UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is currently filming the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series. This season The Ultimate Fighter was the first time in the show’s history that women served as head coaches, but that wasn’t the only history that was made on this season of the show. TUF 18 also features the first co-ed cast the show has seen.
When the news initially broke that there would be men and women living in the same house, there were many believing that sexual tensions would be running high and that the show would turn less in to a television series focused on fighting and more in to a trashy reality series.
While there was reason to believe that could be the case, Rousey said during a Facebook chat sponsored by Metro PCS that the show was more professional than you would have thought.
“Surprisingly, it is much more professional than you would have thought,” said Rousey, via MMA Weekly. “I wouldn’t say it’s an overly sexual season, but I think it’s a much more emotional one. So far, it’s tiring, and it’s every day. It’s been a very exciting season, but it has also been very taxing on everybody. So I think we’re all going to be very happy to get home, but I’m sure all the fans will be very happy with the result.
“It’s a lot more work than I thought it would be, and it’s a lot more emotionally taxing than I thought it would be. You care a lot about these kids. I just felt like any kind of heartbreak or triumph, whatever they’re going through, I share in it. It’s exhausting going through that over and over and over with every competitor. You’re just so emotionally invested in every person that it really takes a lot out of you.
“The talent is great. I’m really impressed with the kind of people that we saw on the show this season for the girls and the guys. All of the fights have been really exciting. Really, it has exceeded my expectations.”
That is good news for those who were afraid of TUF going down the wrong path.
For the fighters, it shows that they were actually there to better their careers and take advantage of the opportunity that they were presented rather than spoiling it for a little summer action in a Las Vegas mansion.