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"Showtime" on Coaching Strawweight Women

'Ultimate Fighter' coach Anthony Pettis on the premiere and what's next
By: Kyle Anderson, Entertainment Weekly

"Last night saw the excellent two-hour premiere of the new season of The Ultimate Fighter. Subtitled A Champion Will Be Crowned, this new season pits 16 of the best 115-pound women in the world in a tournament, with the winner becoming the first ever UFC women’s strawweight champion. Last night’s premiere featured one of the best fights the show has ever seen, a three-round tilt between Randa Markos and Tecia Torres. Despite being seeded well above her opponent, Torres fell to Markos’ crafty striking and superior grappling, giving the show the first of what will probably be many upsets and classic moments.
"Guiding the women through this season are coaches Gilbert Melendez and UFC lightweight champion Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis. Pettis is making his first appearance as a coach, but his history with The Ultimate Fighter runs deep. 'I actually tried out for The Ultimate Fighter a couple of years ago and didn’t make it on,' Pettis told EW during an interview on The Editor’s Hour on Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM 105. 'A couple of years later, I’m coaching one. On the personality side, they’re looking for that drama in the house, and I’m more of a relaxed, chilled-out guy.'"
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