TUF 18 Coaches Cat Zingano & Ronda Rousey
Many female fighters have remarked how difficult it is to
find opponents or a fight card to be on in the male dominated world of mixed
martial arts. It's no surprise then, than many of the rumored TUF 18 female
cast members have history with each other. Many of them are good friends
(despite punching each other in the face) and others I foresee drama
Here's a run down of fights that have occurred between the
fighters, and other connections that are interesting to note.
Jessamyn Duke defeated Marciea Allen via submission (armbar)
at Invicta 3. Marciea illegally pulled Jessamyn's braid while punching her in
the face on the ground, but Jessamyn quickly turned it around for the
Ashlee Evans Smith defeated Jessamyn Duke via decision
Ashlee Evans Smith vs. Peggy Morgan was set for CFA 11 on
May 24th, but the CFA website and other sources no longer show that fight on
the card, one source lists it as "delayed" which seems to confirm
that they will be on TUF 18 since the show will be filming during that
Peggy Morgan was originally set to fight Fallon Fox, but
when the transgendered fighter's biology was revealed, Morgan decided to turn
down the fight. Marciea Allen is training partners and good friends with Fallon
Peggy Morgan defeated Revelina Berto via decision
Shayna Baszler defeated Roxanne Modafferi via submission
Tara LaRosa (rumored to have been let go from the TUF 18
cast due to the age cap) defeated Shayna Baszler via TKO (punches)
Tara LaRosa defeated Roxanne Modafferi via decision
(unanimous), but four years later Roxanne defeated Tara LaRosa via decision
Also worth noting, Raquel Pennington was defeated by one of
the TUF 18 coaches, Cat Zingano, via submission (rear naked choke).
With all these connections, a few things are certain:
grudges will come out, friendships will be tested, and bonds will be solidified
between all the women, and men, that make it into the house.
For additional info on the rumored fighters involved with TUF 18, check out this.
Article by: Lindsey Proctor