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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...

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UFC and Fox Sports 1 launch schedule

A logo for the new Fox Sports 1

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FS1, the new 24-hour cable sports channel that Fox Sports hopes can compete with ESPN in time, launches Aug. 17 with more than seven hours of UFC programming, including six hours of live coverage, the network announced last Thursday.

Here's a quick rundown:

3:30 p.m.: UFC Ultimate Insider

4 p.m.: UFC Unleashed

5 p.m.: UFC Tonight (live)

6 p.m.: UFC on FS1 prelims (live)

8-11...

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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...

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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.

Newsday's app users can watch this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9TpZioDv3w&list=UUEQafBcFZq5id7E63yR47nw&index=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...

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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...

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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...

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