The UFC has reached the 18th season of its flagship reality program, The Ultimate Fighter. And, for the second time in the last four seasons, it has a new home, Fox Sports 1. It also has a new night, as the show kicked off on Wednesday, Sept. 4, following the completion of UFC Fight Night 28.

That’s not all that is new for TUF 18, as women are featured on the show for the first time. The cast is split between eight bantamweights of each gender, with each vying for a six-figure contract with the promotion. Also a first, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and bitter rival Miesha Tate are featured as the first female coaches in the show’s history. The pair will clash on Dec. 28 for Rousey’s 135-pound strap at UFC 168 in Las Vegas.

The show debuted with a two-hour episode that featured the elimination fights to get into the house, as well as the team selection of each coach. For full week-by-week results, click here.

Team Rousey
Males: Christopher Beal, David Grant, Anthony Gutierrez, Michael Wootten
Females: Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, Peggy Morgan, Jessica Rakoczy

Team Tate
Males: Cody Bollinger, Chris Holdsworth, Joshua Hill, Tim Gorman*
Females: Julianna Pena, Sarah Moras, Raquel Pennington, Roxanne Modafferi

*Tim Gorman was declared medically unfit due to a hamstring tear and was replaced by Louis Fisette

In week six of the reality series, Team Tate’s Raquel Pennington battled Team Rousey’s Jessamyn Duke. Video of the entire fight appears below (courtesy of The Ultimate Fighter).

Photo: Raquel Pennington (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

  • yousuzycue

    thank you for posting dvr didn’t record the end. im so team Raquel and it was great seeing her do her thang and take the victory

  • pegson

    great fight. really good.

  • fightfan

    That fight brought women in the UFC to a new level. There were two fighters in the ring. Both well trained and competent. They fought for 3 amazing rounds. They had stamina and a unbreakable desire to win. They didn’t stall, lay on the fence, or grapple to grind out a win. They fought fearlessly knowing that any damage sustained would follow them to the next round. Men in the UFC should watch that fight and see the guts those women displayed.

  • Dang! These chicks,where vicious to the cord!!! Straight barnstorming not easy to do!!! Fly like butterflies stinging like wasps! So brave. The Dana word I believe he uses,just outward nasty! WOW……they outclassed (cuntdit) and( quida) running around…yikes!!!!!.