Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter airs tonight on FOX Sports 1 with the top two female fighters from Team Rousey and Team Tate facing off in the octagon.
At the end of the season premiere, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was given the power to choose the first match up of the season and she went right for the jugular by matching up Miesha Tate’s No. 1 pick and training partner Julianna Pena, with the favorite to win the tournament on the women’s side, Shayna Baszler.
Pena is still relatively new to the pro ranks at 4-2 and is working to climb her way up the ladder, while Baszler (15-8) is a veteran that fans of the sport have known for a long time.
With a win from Baszler, Team Rousey will have all of the momentum and retain control of the fight picks, so it is crucial to get off on the right foot and ensure that the team does not lose one of their top fighters early in the tournament.
Here is a video preview for tonight’s match up:
Who do you think will come away with the win to kick off the TUF 18 tournament? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts and predictions.