This Wednesday night on FOX Sports One, TUF 18: Rousey / Tate airs episode three of the season. In lead-up to this week’s bout between team Rousey and team Tate’s number one (male) picks, Chris Beal and Chris Holdsworth, the UFC has released its teaser preview and its looks great.
Rousey is not happy and is "bitter in defeat", over her team’s opening round loss to team Tate; Julianna Pena’s rear-naked choke of Shayna Baszler. In an effort to even the wins and gain back control of the fight selection process, Rousey has been forced to send Chris Beal and his injured hand into the Octagon to face the healthy Chris Holdsworth.
In the season’s first episode Beal won his way into the house, by way of a spirited decision victory over Sirwan Kakai. For his part, Chris Holdsworth earned his way onto the show by way of a round one submission victory, over Louis Fisette.
The bout is an important one in terms of the show and its two coaches. If Holdsworth can defeat Beal and retain control for Tate, it will put Rousey’s team two deep in the loss column, begin to set a tone for the season and is apt to further annoy the already annoyed and emotional, Ronda Rousey. However, if Rousey can re-gain control, she will stem Tate’s tide and once again right her team’s ship, and with only eight episodes remaining before the quarter finals matches are set, every win counts and every loss matters.
As fans and for the purposes of drama being added to the show, it’s hard to imagine a better outcome for this Wednesday night than a Rousey loss. Back-to-back losses for Rousey and the dispatching of her two number one picks would surely push the bantamweight women’s champion over the edge, and an honest assessment of online opinion suggests that many fans would like to see that happen. It would certainly make for good television.
Beyond the fight, one of the highlights of this week’s show could be the heated words of Rousey’s head coach Edmond Traverdyan, as directed at Miesha Tate. With them, Traverdyan appears to be lashing out a Tate telling her that Rousey “will beat you standing any f***ing day. I guarantee you that. Think about it and she’ll break your arm at the end.”
To be blunt, in the clip he comes across as a bully, while Rousey appears to be standing back allowing him to do it and as such, seems to be condoning the very same actions that she’s complained about, regarding Bryan Caraway.
In all, it looks like it’s going to be a great show and one with a potentially decent bout for us to watch, and drama that continues to build. In short, the show continues to look like the best TUF series in years.