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The good and bad of Tate v. Rousey on 'TUF'

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and challenger Ronda Rousey in a stare down at a pre-fight press conference. (March 1, 2012) (Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Ronda Rousey got a nice surprise Tuesday when taping began for Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and Miesha Tate showed up instead of Cat Zingano.

Zingano was supposed to be Rousey's opposing coach but tore her ACL earlier this month. So, in steps Tate, Rousey's rival.

This is good. This is bad. Let's explain:

GOOD: TV ratings for TUF 18 on the new Fox Sports 1 will likely get a boost given the Tate-Rousey rivalry and the penchant they have for saying outrageous things about the other person.

BAD: Zingano's injury removes the opportunity for fans to get to know her and prevents the UFC from developing another female star for its women's division.

GOOD: Tate vs. Rousey is a fight that figures to draw a greater level of interest from the  more passive or casual MMA fan.

BAD: Rousey already beat Tate, who is 1-1 since (that loss was to Zingano), so there's less interest among the more active MMA fan.

GOOD: UFC president Dana White said the doctors said Zingano's ACL surgery was a success.

BAD: Zingano is out for at least seven months, which is a best-case scenario if rehab goes perfectly. The reality of it, though, is that it is usually closer to one year.

GOOD:  Maybe we'll get a feel-good moment with a Zingano cameo toward the end of the season (which will air sometime in November but will happen in real time in late June/early July).

BAD: Should Rousey defeat Tate again when they fight after TUF 18, it will take longer to find Rousey's next opponent and start the hype train.

Watch the embedded videos below from "The Ultimate Fighter."

Tate, Rousey, White react


Dana White's interview

(Newsday's app users can watch these videos at

Tags: miesha tate , cat zingano , ronda rousey , women's mma , the ultimate fighter , tuf 18

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Against whom will Ronda Rousey next defend her UFC title against?

Cat Zingano Gina Carano Cris 'Cyborg' Justino Holly Holm Miesha Tate Someone else

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