The Ulimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate kicked off tonight on FOX Sports 1 following UFC Fight Night 28. This season will feature 16 men’s and 16 women’s bantamweights living together in The Ultimate Fighter house for the first time in the show’s history. The show will see the winning preliminary fighters split into two teams coached this season by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Tune in each week as the fighters vie for a six-figure UFC contract. [Spoilers Below]
The show starts with the teams getting acclimated to the house and almost immediately there is some Real World-esque type stuff as Team Tate’s Chris Holdsworth talks about possible relationships on the show and his teammate, Juliana Pena, immediately slams that idea saying it is not the focus of the show. The men and women also discuss the prospect of training together and, much to the annoyance of the women, Team Tate’s Tim Gorman insists that there is no way he would train the same with a girl as he would a guy.
Team Rousey’s first training begins on the heels Tate’s, and she makes sure to kick Team Tate out of the training room as soon as she is able. Rousey quickly establishes that she wants no one to cut corners and that she wants everyone’s best at all times.
UFC president Dana White pulls Tate and Gorman aside to speak with the injured fighter, and the doctor has bad news for Gorman. It turns out Gorman has pulled part of his hamstring off the bone and will be unable to continue in the competition. He asks if the doctor he realizes how big of an opportunity this will cost him and White backs the doctor and tells the fighter that his future is in jeopardy by trying to continue when he is seriously injured. With Gorman out, White brings back Louis Fisette.
It is time for the weigh-ins and Baszler plays further mind games with Pena by doing her card trick with the “Queen of Spades.” It does not play well with members of Pena’s Team Tate crew, but it is all mind games from the veteran. Despite not likely her decorum, Team Tate seems to believe Baszler should win the fight.
Shayna Baszler (Team Rousey) vs. Juliana Pena (Team Tate)
- Juliana comes out swinging but very little gets through. Juliana presses to the cage and tries a bodylock takedown that gets her taken down. Juliana springs up but gets taken down again. Shayna goes to work on top and nearly has the choke before she has to bail on it. Shayna stays on top and lands some ground-and-pound before Juliana creates distance and is back up. She tries a takedown but gets splaydled and takendown again and Baszler moves to side control and tries a guillotine that gets her swept before it is locked. Big ground-and-pound by Juliana but Baszler gets her back down as the round ends and MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Baszler
- Juliana is coming out just swinging huge punches to start the round and several of them land. One clearly wobbles Baszler and Shayna goes into the clinch against the cage. Juliana uses her greater power to get control on the cage and she lands a few big knees that bust Shayna’s nose up. Takedown by Pena and she takes Baszler’s back and is looking for the choke/neck crank. Pena slips it barely under the jaw and that’s it as the fight is over.
Juliana Pena def. Shayna Baszler via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2
Shayna Baszler(lost to Pena)
- Jessamyn Duke
- Peggy Morgan
- Jessica Rakoczy
- Chris Beal
- David Grant
- Anthony Gutierrez
- Michael Wootten
- Julianna Pena def. Shayna Baszler
- Sarah Moras
- Raquel Pennington
- Roxanne Modafferi
- Cody Bollinger
- Chris Holdsworth
- Josh Hill
Tim Gorman(injured in Ep. 2)
- Louis Fisette (replaced Gorman)
Team Tate has the pick now and they put Team Tate’s Chris Holdsworth against an injured Chris Beal.