PASCO, Wash., -- A local high school wrestling coach will appear on the 18th season of the reality show "The Ultimate Fighter" when it premieres next week.
Jack Anderson is the wrestling coach for Chiawana High School when he's not training fighters in mixed martial arts. He joins Yakima-native Miesha "Cupcake" Tate's team as the head wrestling coach. Tate is one of the first female coaches in the show's history along with the 135-lbs. champion, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey, coaching against her.
Anderson coached four men and four women on Team Tate competing over six weeks to become "The Ultimate Fighter."
"At first I was intimidated going on the show," says Anderson. "I thought 'man, are they (the fighters) going to want to want to work with me?' They were phenomenal! They were great students, very coach-able, very receptive to my coaching, so open minded and I built a great relationship with all of them."
This is the first season that will feature both men and women fighters training and living together in the same house and gym. One man and one woman will become "The Ultimate Fighter" and receive a six figure contract with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in the bantamweight (135 lbs.) division.
TUF premieres Wednesday, September 4th on Fox Sports 1.