Ronda Rousey has already made history as the first woman to sign with the UFC, and its first female champion. Now, she and Cat Zingano will make history as the first female coaches of "The Ultimate Fighter."
She has appeared on TUF as a guest coach twice, and was comfortable acting as a coach. The upcoming season will feature male and female bantamweights. Though Rousey has shown that she is comfortable coaching both men and women, it's the female fighters she has special advice for.
Since men and women will be living and training together, there is a chance fighters will hook up. However, Rousey will warn the women against focusing on anything but their fights.
"If they're the chick that's screwing around in the house, for the rest of their career they'll be known as the chick that was screwing around in that house. Sponsors are going to be looking at that, everybody's going to be looking at that. So if you think it's worth $100,000, that lay, then go for it. But I'm just going to remind them that there's going to be a lot of very permanent consequences to how they carry themselves in house."
Rousey is right that a reputation earned on TUF sticks with fighters well past the airing of the show. Rashad Evans was booed by crowds for years after TUF. Josh Koscheck's bad boy reputation was started on the show. When you hear the names War Machine or Junie Browning, do you think of their fighting skills or their antics on the show?
But it's not just about a reputation for that one fighter. It's how female fighters are viewed. She says it's important for the women to show they're professionals and serious about the fight game.