This season of The Ultimate Fighter has been special for a number of reasons. It is the first season to feature only women’s competitors. It is also the first season that will result in a champion being crowned at the finale. One woman will be named the first ever UFC strawweight champion. Sixteen women underwent a brutal tournament and training camp for two months over the summer in Las Vegas. Those two months weren’t without their perks, however. This will also be the first season of TUF that features World Cup competitors.

The women on this season are trailblazers and this Wednesday we will see them meet some trailblazers in a different sport. Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe of the US Women’s National soccer team stopped by the gym to visit the members of Team Pettis. A camaraderie is felt between all athletes but possibly even more so with females at their athletic peak. Whether you like it or not, women’s sports are still not as big in America as men’s sports are. But, soccer and MMA are two of the only sports that can rival their male counterparts. When Ronda Rousey fights it is just as big as any male champion in the UFC and after their performance in the last World Cup, stadiums were filled with Americans wanting to catch a glimpse of the women who just put on a great performance with the red, white, and blue on their backs. Next summer, Rapinoe and Leroux will enter the biggest athletic competition of their lives when they head into the World Cup in Canada. But this year they spent a little time with some females who are in the biggest athletic competition of their own lives.

A video preview of the encounter is above and you can watch the full episode Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. (video is courtesy of Fox Sports)

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Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.