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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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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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Uriah Hall and Lifetime Television? Yes, Uriah Hall and Lifetime Television

Uriah Hall, an MMA fighter from Manhattan.

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Uriah Hall, deliverer of the most vicious knockout in "Ultimate Fighter" history, continued his narrative of being bullied as a kid on Tuesday night's episode. He mentioned something similar on an earlier episode as well.

He expanded on that during an interview with Newsday in the days leading up the airing of his first fight on "TUF 17." Basically, the reason you saw him...

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Wantagh's Al Iaquinta on UFC 159 fight card

Wantagh's Al Iaquinta, right, gets his hand raised

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Al Iaquinta, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter's "TUF Live" season in 2012, has his first UFC fight booked.

The Wantagh-raised Iaquinta will fight Joe Proctor, a teammate of his on "TUF Live," at UFC 159 on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Since losing in the final by first-round submission to Michael Chiesa last June, Iaquinta (5-2-1) underwent...

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TUF 17/2: Just shut up and fight, please

Josh Samman a member of Jon Jones' team

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This comes with the understanding that pre-taped reality television shows such as "The Ultimate Fighter" are edited in such a way as to create "characters" and create/manufacture/manipulate drama.

And now, a note of the fighters on Jon Jones' team: Get over yourselves about picking fights and matchups. Just win your fight and shut up.


Bubba McDaniel...

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Jones, Sonnen, chicken parm and the phone call

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arrives at

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Above these words, on both the website and our apps, you'll see the first of our videos from Wednesday's sitdown with Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. This particular video focuses on their time coaching fighters on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter," which began airing this week.

But here's a fun little story from earlier that day.

During the informal lunch at Carmine's, a family...

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'Ultimate Fighter' 17: The fights

Uriah Hall, an MMA fighter from Manhattan.

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Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter" kicked off Tuesday night with 14 elimination-round fights. Here are some quick thoughts on each:

Adam Cella vs. Jake Heun

Cella withstood a wild array of punches and kicks from Heun, then held on through the slam and won by armbar submission. Impressive display.

Zak Cummings vs. Nik Fekete

Cummings threw one punch in the opening...

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John Dodson's lesson learned from 'TUF'

John Dodson reached the Ultimate Finale for Season

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Another 28 faces get a shot Tuesday night, but only half of them will become a name to know. For how long and in what context depends on the content of the already-filmed footage as it airs on FX over the course of the next three months.

Welcome to “The Ultimate Fighter,” a UFC reality competition that in 2005 helped launch the mixed martial arts promotion from the fringe of the sporting landscape...

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Ultimate Fighter contestants for Season 17

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arrives at

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The already-recorded Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter" begins airing on FX on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., as coaches Jon Jones (pictured) and Chael Sonnen get their first look at the contestants.

None of those contestants are from Long Island, but there is one with New York City ties: Uriah Hall.

Hall, 28, is a veteran of Ring of Combat, the regional MMA promotion based out...

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