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OH TUF SNAP! Cat Zingano out, Miesha Tate in

How’s this for an early twist to this season’s co-ed naked TUF (okay it’s probably not going to be naked). On the first day of filming, guess who showed up for coaching duties instead of Cat Zingano? Since you read the headline, you probably know the answer: Potato. Er, Miesha Tate rather. But boy was it a surprise for Ronda Rousey, who wasn’t told about the coach switch up until Tate walked out during filming on day one:

When Tate came out, Rousey was clearly stunned and she stormed out of the UFC training center, searching for White. She later said she was angry because she thought Tate was replacing her.

Rousey, though, was pleased with the change.

“This is what we really wanted all along,” Rousey told Yahoo! Sports. “Everyone said an Ultimate Fighter between me and Miesha would be the best. We have a personal history with each other and this is a personal show. For some reason, me and Miesha are intertwined in fate like Ali and Frazier or something like that.

Tate was thrilled to not only get the gig and the title shot, but to see Rousey get visibly angry when she appeared.

“It was rewarding to see that,” she said. “I was like, ‘Yay! This is getting good.’ I watched her go to her corner and her corner was up in arms. I was just sitting there in the doorway thinking, ‘This is awesome.’

Miesha didn’t even have to hit Cat Zingano in the knee with a lead pipe to land the job of backup TUF coach:

Zingano underwent surgery on her right knee on Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, as well as to clean up other damage. She said she injured the knee as she came down after clearing a short hurdle.

“I was doing my regular routine, my strength and conditioning,” Zingano told Yahoo! Sports by telephone shortly before she was wheeled into surgery. “I was jumping over tunnels that were about 12 inches high. I’d jumped over them like 10 times already. This one time, I jumped up and my left knee came down right on track and my right knee bent outward.

“Snap, crackle, pop, and I hit the floor. That was all she wrote. It was terrible. It hurt bad, but the thing that bothered me most was the sound. I never experienced anything like that.”

Knee injuries are the ultimate bitch and Zingano is now out six to nine months, which is too bad because I was really starting to get hyped for her fighting Ronday Rousey. She’d just joined the infamous Black House and was already taking her shit up to the next level in preparation for her fight. I guess now she’ll have an extra year to hone her skills. Can you practice striking in a knee brace? Or does that lead to Cruzing your recovery?

(pic by Greg Bartam for USA Today)

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