Miesha Tate replaces Cat Zingano on UFC's 'The Ultimate Fighter'

Miesha Tate prepares for her Strikeforce women's bantanweight Miesha Tate prepares for her Strikeforce women's bantanweight title defense against Ronda Rousey. (May 3, 2012)
Photo Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

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Miesha Tate has replaced the injured Cat Zingano as a coach opposite Ronda Rousey on Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter," the UFC announced Tuesday night.

The news came as a surprise to Rousey, who found out Tuesday on the first day of taping for the new season which will premiere Sept. 4 on the new Fox Sports 1 channel.

"Everyone said an Ultimate Fighter between me and Miesha would be the best," Rousey told Yahoo! Sports. "For some reason, I think me and Miesha are intertwined in fate like Ali and Frazier."

Zingano had earned the coaching show of the promotion's reality competition series when he stopped Tate in the third round last month. But, Zingano underwent knee surgery Tuesday for a torn ACL in her right knee, according to Yahoo! Sports, and is expected to miss several months. She tweeted a photo shortly after surgery:

Tate and Rousey have a history that makes for controversial comments and should produce better ratings for TUF as it moves from FX to the new 24-hour all-sports network Fox will launch in August.

It was Rousey who took Tate's Strikeforce bantamweight title in 2012 with a first-round armbar submission victory.

Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter" is the first in the show's history to feature female fighters as contestants and coaches. Rousey and Tate will coach both male and female fighters on the show and then fight for Rousey's UFC women's bantamweight title later in 2013.

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