When it comes to the new season of The Ultimate Fighter Paige VanZant says she is focused on fighting and nothing else. One might expect her to call out Tecia Torres, who defeated her in their Invicta FC match, or Rose Namajunas who challenged her in the promotion, but nope, only the task at hand – winning the UFC women’s strawweight belt.
The hype is swirling around the two championship bouts on this weekend’s UFC 168 event but aside from those there are several interesting bouts that you should take notice of. A win to close out 2013 could propel some of these athletes further up the ladder in their respective divisions while a loss could have some adding changes to their New Year’s resolutions. Let’s take a look at three fights that may have been flying under the radar.
Gina Begley and Emily Bartee return tonight with another full lineup of women from our sport. Up first will be Pearl Gonzalez.Pearl makes her way to Nashville for XFC 26 on October 18th. Pearl will face Cortney Casey in the XFC flyweight title bout. One woman will leave the champion. Pearl has recently gotten married, switched camps and is ready for her return.
The episode begins with a quick recap of episode two, leading up to this week’s matchup between Team Rousey’s Chris Beal and Team Tate’s Chris Holdsworth. Coach Tate shows up at the house bearing gifts, bringing her victorious fighter Julianna Pena a milkshake. Despite Coach Rousey’s opinion that Tate was smiling at Baszler’s pain in defeat, Tate also brings Shayna some chocolate cake.