The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 cast member Jessamyn Duke has kept a blog throughout the season. Duke’s entry this week revealed something shocking about coach and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Semi-finalists Anthony Gutierrez and David Grant never got to fight one another as scheduled on Wednesday’s episode because Gutierrez did not make weight. After weighing in four pounds heavy the day before their scheduled fight, Gutierrez had another hour to make weight but chose not to try to do so.
As a result, he forfeited the fight and was kicked out of the TUF house. Rousey was the coach for both Gutierrez and Grant. The episode showed her talking with UFC president Dana White after Gutierrez was kicked out and telling the promoter that she herself was going to cut weight because she felt bad that she didn’t guide Anthony through successfully.
The editing made it appear as if White talked her out of doing so. In an apparently entirely different part of the week, the episode showed Rousey beating opposing coach Miesha Tate in a wall-climbing challenge.
Jessamyn’s blog entry this week reveals that Rousey did indeed go through with cutting weight to demonstrate to the fighters what is possible through strength of will, and she won the wall-climbing challenge while in the midst of that extreme weight cut.
[Rousey] jumped on the scale after Anthony missed weight and was 152 pounds. Without any sort of prep (diet, water loading, sodium loading/cutting, etc.) jumped in the sauna and was in there for FIVE hours before it was time to go to the coaches challenge. Yes, Ronda Rousey cut weight in the sauna for five hours, went to a rock climbing challenge, won, and then went BACK to the sauna that night and cut some more.
The next day when it was time for Jessica and Raquel to fight, she was at the gym before anyone else arrived and was back in the sauna cutting weight. When the rest of us arrived she was sitting at 136 pounds in the locker room. I watched her warm upRakoczy for her fight while on weight and then step on the scale in front of Dana and be 135 pounds. She did this to prove a point.
Hopefully next week’s episode will shine some light on that extraordinary occurrence as it is surely worth highlighting with actual air-time. Rousey is certainly a bundle of emotions and displayed that during this season of TUF but no one can say that the champion isn’t willing to back up her words and outbursts.
Rousey defends her title December 28th against Tate. Chris Weidman also defends his middleweight strap against former champ Anderson Silva on the same card.
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