When it comes to predictions for the upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter" there may not be a bigger authority on the subject than former Strikeforce women’s champion Miesha Tate, who has not only been around women’s MMA for almost a decade but also coached the first ever year where females were part of the cast.
Tate coached opposite UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey when half the cast was made up of 135-pound female fighters, but for the first time ever an entire season will be dedicated to the ladies with the strawweight division being introduced.
Raising the stakes even higher, at the end of the season a champion will be crowned amongst the 16 fighters being welcomed into the UFC as part of the cast of the new Ultimate Fighter.
"The 115-pound division is definitely going to have its own identity and starting with this season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ it’s a great way to introduce the division," Tate told the TUF Talk podcast this week. "The 115-pound division has a lot of talent. They’re very quick, they’re very agile and it’s definitely a good choice. Out of any other division they could have added, 115-pounds was the best decision."
Tate joins the show to look ahead at the new season and give her thoughts on the historical nature of women not only headlining the show, but possibly becoming the biggest stars in the sport over the course of the next few years.
Plus don’t miss Tate’s take on what it would have been like if she had competed on "The Ultimate Fighter" and lived in a house for six weeks with Rousey.
For all this and more, in the latest episode of TUF Talk, listen below: