Rivals Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate arrive to coach in the opener of Season 18, the first-ever coed edition of this reality competition. Then, the 32 bantamweight hopefuls face off to determine the eight men and eight women who will enter the house.
The 16 bantamweights move into the house, where tension mounts between Miesha and Ronda, and a fighter's dream is threatened by injury. Then, Team Tate's Julianna Pena takes on Shayna Baszler of Team Rousey.
Chris Holdsworth hopes to give Team Tate a second win as he battles Chris Beal. Also: A fighter accuses a teammate of leaking fight picks; the coaches nearly come to blows over their pending matchup; and hints of house romance are in the air.
The coaches' feud heats up when a post-fight scrap occurs between a Team Tate guest coach and a Team Rousey assistant. Also: Team Tate pairs up women and men as sparring partners; and Roxanne Modafferi meets Jessica Rakoczy in the third preliminary bout.
Team Rousey gets some guest coaching from Ronda's mom, Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, a 1984 world judo champion. Then, Team Tate's Louis Fisette, the house's only elimination-round loser, battles David Grant of Team Rousey.
The fighters get a night out; Anthony Gutierrez annoys his housemates; and Julianna Pena gives two female fighters their first makeovers. Then, Team Tate's Raquel Pennington and Team Rousey's Jessamyn Duke face off for a spot in the semifinals.
Ronda gives Father's Day gifts to the dads in the house, and Cody Bollinger sheds tears in private over his missed daughter and wife. Then, Team Rousey's Michael Wootten and Josh Hill of Team Tate battle for a semifinals berth.
A look at the season's first seven episodes, through interviews with Dana, Ronda and Miesha. Topics discussed include the coaches' growing rivalry; the top fights so far; and what's to come in the competition, which is knotted at three wins per team.
The semifinals approach, and Team Tate fighters suspect Miesha and her coaches of playing favorites. Then, the semifinalists visit a Harley-Davidson boot camp; and Michael Wootten clashes with Chris Holdsworth.
The first women's semifinal pits Sarah Moras against Julianna Pena in a battle of Tate teammates. Most fighters back Sarah going into the fight, which is a rematch of an April 2012 bout in which Julianna suffered the loss and a broken arm.