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

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

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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...

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UFC 159: Sara McMann stops Sheila Gaff

SARA McMANN Olympics McMann, left, was the first

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NEWARK -- Sara McMann needed approximately three seconds to show off her Olympic silver-medal winning wrestling pedigree. But it was those fists of her that gave her the first-round victoy at the Prudential Center at UFC 159 on Saturday night, McMann took down Gaff for a second time midway through the first round and was able to control Gaff's left arm with her left hand and her right arm with...

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Tate, Zingano thrill in second female UFC bout

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate poses for

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The second women's MMA fight in UFC history came with far less fanfare than the first. No Ronda Rousey will do that, as will no championship on the line and no need to sell pay-per-views since Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano fought on the Ultimate Finale 17 on FX in Las Vegas on Saturday night. To elaborate on the difference between the first and second fights: Zingano's ring entrance wasn't even shown...

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Tate talk: Miesha Tate after TUF Finale weigh-ins

Miesha Tate reacts after losing her Strikeforce women's

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Miesha Tate talks about why she trained more with female fighters than in the past leading up to her bout against Cat Zingano at Ultimate Finale 17 on Saturday night.

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Invicta 5 results: New champ, Cyborg returns

Michelle Waterson submitted Jessica Penne in the fourth

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A quick rundown of the results from Invicta FC 5 in Kansas City on Friday night: Main card

Atomweight championship: challenger Michelle Waterson submitted Jessica Penne by armbar – Round 4, 2:31 Flyweight championship: Barb Honchak won a unanimous decision over Vanessa Porto  (50-45, 49-46, 48-47) to win the inaugural title. Cris Cyborg beat Fiona Muxlow by TKO (punches) – Round 1,...

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Ronda Rousey to coach on 'Ultimate Fighter'

Mixed martial arts fighter and UFC bantamweight champion

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Next on "The Ultimate Fighter"  . . . female coaches and female fighters. UFC president Dana White announced Saturday during UFC 158 that women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would coach the next season of "TUF," which holds an open casting call April 15 in Las Vegas. Rousey will coach against the winner of the Miesha Tate-Cat Zingano fight on April 13 at the Season...

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Ronda Rousey on making movies

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey attends the

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Ronda Rousey, the new shining star of the UFC, told Newsday last Wednesday in Albany that she was never offered a part in the next "Hunger Games" movie, as was reported on various MMA websites after her win at UFC 157. But Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion, did say that she's interested in the movie business. Just not anytime soon. “I’ve had a lot of people approach me for...

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Also fighting at UFC 157: Liz Carmouche

Liz Carmouche begins wrapping her hands for a

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Ronda Rousey became the first female to sign a contract with the UFC and was installed as the women's bantamweight champion, a title she won and defended once in Strikeforce before the promotion folded. For all the accolades she has earned, and the press that has been heaped on her, there is also basic math to understand: She's No. 2 in another category. The first female fighter to enter the octagon...

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Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche and the UFC 'big toe'

Ronda Rousey shows off her new UFC bantamweight

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The math of it all may wind up being polydactyly now, but please forgive that for the sake of the metaphor here. Besides, when Ronda Rousey was posed with this question, Sara McCann and Alexis Davis had not yet been announced as UFC female fighters number five and six. The question posed Monday centered around being the only female fight booked for UFC 157, where Rousey will defend her bantamweight...

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Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano on Ultimate Finale

Miesha Tate submitted Julie Kedzie with an armbar

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Next up for the women in the UFC: Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano. Tate, the former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion, will fight Zingano at TUF 17's "Ultimate Finale" on April 13 in Las Vegas. This is the second announced women's MMA fight for the UFC, the first being champion Ronda Rousey against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 on Feb. 23. Tate (13-3) is coming off an impressive comeback...

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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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