UFC 168 is scheduled to close out the UFC calendar with at least one title fight, as UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will take on Miesha Tate on December 28. The rematch of their 2012 bout will be a major part of the card, but UFC president Dana White did not name it the headliner. White told MMAJunkie of the promotion’s plans on Monday.
The two heated rivals are currently serving as the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter 18, and the UFC president has stressed how tense this season has been because of their hatred of one another. Rousey and Tate’s exchanges prior to their first fight, which Rousey won by armbar, were particuarly vitriolic and those ill-natured feelings have clearly never subsided.
Tate originally lost her shot at the title, and TUF 18 coaching slot, when she was defeated by Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale this past April. Zingano would then be forced off the billing with a knee injury and Tate was given the coaching spot and title shot. TUF 18 will begin September 4 on FOX Sports 1.
There was non-drama related news pertaining to the UFC’s reality show however, as White revealed that he is very happy with the women’s bantamweights on the show. Stating there is real talent in the division that the UFC added this past February at UFC 157 when Rousey defeated Liz Carmouche in the UFC’s first WMMA fight.
While White did not name a venue, the UFC’s last year-end – UFC 155 – card took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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