Rousey is Coach at The Ultimate Fighter 18

For all Ronda Rousey fans, the UFC bantamweight is still making MMA firsts. She has been announced as one of the head coaches at The Ultimate Fighter 18 and this announcement was according to UFC President, Dana White.

And of course if Rousey is one of the coaches, who would oppose her? UFC officials are still undecided but it will actually depend on the winner of the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale which will be on April 13. This event which will be held at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada will be co headlined by a fight between Miesha Tate and Car Zingano. Winner of this fight will get to go against Rousey as the opposing coach.

The rivalry between Tate and Rousey dates back when the two were still in Strikeforce. Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate to take the championship via her favorite move, the armbar. The later submitted to Rousey in just before the bell rang to signal round one was over.

Rousey remains undefeated and her latest win against Liz Carmouche in UFC 157 made her more popular than ever before; she used her superb armbar move again which caused Carmouche to submit just before the bell hit to signal the first round was over. Before she transferred to UFC, Rousey was already a superb athlete in Strikeforce with no losses to her record; she has defeated prized fighters like Sarah Kaufman, Julia Budd and Sarah D’ Alelio.

Miesha “Cupcake” Tate on the other hand is a 26 year old bantamweight fighter from Tacoma, Washington, United States. She has 13 wins and 3 losses in her professional MMA career. Her last fight was a win against Julie Kedzie in Strikeforce Rousey versus Kaufmann. This win was via armbar in just 3 minutes and 28 seconds of round 3. She has managed to defeat amazing fighters at Strikeforce like Marloes Coenan, Hitomi Akano, Maiju Kujala and Zoila Frausto Gurgel.

Cat “Alpha” Zingano, Tate’s opponent for Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale is a 30 year old bantamweight from Broomfield, Colorado, United States. She has a terrific record of 7 wins and no losses. Her last win was against Raquel Pennington in Invicta FC 3 – Penne versus Sugiyama in October 2012; she won via submission using a rear-naked choke attack in just 3 minutes and 32 seconds of the second round.

Gene LeBell Makes Pre Fight Analysis of Rousey’s Success

Time is ticking and hours turn into days as the much-awaited UFC 157 draws near.  The battle between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche is one of the hardest hitting matches that audiences will witness in UFC.  This is also a historic first being UFC’s first every women’s battle in the promotion. UFC 157 will be on February 23, 2012 in Anaheim, California.

Ronda Rousey however does not just have millions of fans cheering her on; she also has a wise veteran fighter by the name of “Judo” Gene LeBell also known as the “Toughest Man in the World.” But to Rousey, he will be forever known as Uncle Gene.

When interviewed by Fighter.com, LeBell was eager to provide tidbits of his favorite fighter to the press: “I’ve known Ronda long before she knew who I was.” LeBell is 80-years old; he also knows Rousey’s mother who was also a great judo practitioner. Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, Rousey’s mom became the first American to win the World Judo Championship in 1984.

LeBell was also behind the success of popular fighters like Chuck Norris, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Bob Wall. He remembered the day when Rousey decided she wanted to use “Rowdy” as a nickname and it was LeBell who called Piper which basically launched Rousey’s MMA career.

Unknown to most people, LeBell and Rousey have been working together for years at Gokar Chivichyan’s Hayastan MMA Academy located in North Hollywood. The veteran further relates that “Ronda beats a good percentage of men which are bigger than her and good ones too. She doesn’t foot around. There is no sitting down and signing autographs. It’s all business to her.”

To date, Rousey has won all her six professional fights through her favorite technique, by arm bar submission. LeBell makes a bet that Rousey will again use these techniques as she fights Carmouche. LeBell also jokes that it would be better to coach Rousey during this fight since you only need to shout “Break her arm!”

LeBell however does not underestimate Carmouche; she is a very strong opponent. She is a fighter with a heart that would not stop. He further mentions the secret to Rousey’s wins is that she was in her proper mindset. “Nothing bothers her. She’s got ice water running in her veins. She does not give a damn about pressure. She’s a sadistic wench.”