TUF 18: Rousey / Tate kicked off on FOX Sports 1 last night and saw 32, 135 pound fighters pair off in 16 bouts, leaving 16 winners entering “the house” and making their way onto the show.
What’s on the line is a six figure contract with the UFC, a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle (for both the winning fighter & winning coach), as well as 3 25K bonuses, as voted for by the fans, for fight-of-the-season, knock-out-of-the-season and submission-of-the-season.
The show featured only a few full fights, the highlight of which was Cody Bollinger vs. Rafael de Freitas, who put on a spirited match, and the rest was just highlights and the usual warm and fuzzy family moments.
In terms of Tate and Rousey themselves, they seemed pleasant enough and even exchanged hellos and a handshake, when the two met. As far as that goes, I’m sure their rivalry will heat-up as the season progresses.
When it was all said and done and the teams were to be picked, White tossed the coin and Rousey won the toss. As such, she elected to give Tate the first pick and maintain for herself, first fight selection. The women were picked first, with Tate selecting her friend and training partner Julianna Pena. For her selection Rousey picked Shayna Baszler.
When it came time to assign the first fight, Rousey huddled with her corner and in a bold move immediately pitted her #1 pick against that of Tate’s; Pena / Baszler, for next Wednesday night.
If there was a funny or pathetic moment in the show, it came in the person of Tim Gorman. Gorman was the last male fighter picked by Tate for her team and in remarking about it, Gorman said he didn’t care about being picked last by Meisha, because he didn’t even know who she was. My guess will be that if his attitude is that bad going into the tournament that he won’t last long and won’t do well with either Tate or her coaching staff.
Even though the first show was a little slow out of the gate, it’s all gravy from here-on-out and the season looks to be a promising one, as far as entertainment value goes.
The results of the card were as follows:
Jessamyn Duke defeated Laura Howarth via submission (triangle choke)
Jessica Rakoczy defeats Revelina Berto via submission (omoplata)
Peggy Morgan defeated Bethany Marshall via TKO
Roxanne Modafferi defeated Valerie Letourneau via submission (rear-naked choke)
Raquel Pennington defeated Tonya Evinger via submission (guillotine choke)
Shayna Baszler defeated Colleen Schneider via submission (arm-bar)
Julianna Pena defeated Gina Mazany via decision
Sarah Moras defeated Tara LaRosa via decision
David Grant defeated Danny Martinez via submission (arm-bar)
Michael Wootteen defeated Emil Hartsner via decision
Tim Gorman defeated Lee Sandmeier via TKO
Chris Beal defeated Sirwan Kakai via decision
Josh Hill defeated Patrick Holohan via decision
Chris Holdsworth defeated Louis Fisette via submission (arm-triangle choke)
Anthony Gutierrez defeated Matt Munsey via decision
Cody Bollinger defeated Rafael de Freitas via TKO
Teams as picked (in order) are: