Cat Zingano Finally Gets Her Title Fight, Faces Ronda Rousey in January

September 28, 2014
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Cat Zingano was scheduled to face UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 168 after coaching opposite the titleholder on The Ultimate Fighter 18. A knee injury erased her title shot and her coaching stint, but she penciled her name back into the top contender slot after finishing Amanda Nunes in her return fight at UFC 175 on Saturday. The win earned her the title shot she missed out on.

Asked if a match-up between Zingano and Rousey was official during the event’s post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said, “Yes.”

“She was screaming at me after the fight. She ran over and started screaming, ‘Do you see me? Do you see me?’ Yes, I see you,” added White. “This was the shut up about Gina Carano fight. I think that’s the statement Cat wanted to make tonight, and she made it loud and clear.”

The UFC had been aggressively pursuing signing former Strikeforce champion turned actor Gina Carano for a fight against Rousey. Those negotiations recently fell through.

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White felt Zingano needed a fight to be reintroduced to the fan base after being away from the sport for seventeen months.

“She’s been out a while. She had some injuries. She was dealing with some personal problems. She is back. I think the fans needed to see her, and she needed to remind everybody why she was in line for a title shot. She did it tonight,” said the UFC president.

Rousey plans to fight on Jan. 3 on the UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier fight card, and Zingano is fine with that date. She believes she brings something different to the table than all of Rousey’s past opponents.

“I just think the caliber of athlete, the intensity that I bring,” said Zingano when asked what separates her from the rest. “I feel like I’m, I don’t know, I just bring something different to everything. I’m just game.”

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  • Timothy Malone

    Damn I pray something happens to delay this fight. UFC 182 was a sure buy with Jones vs Cormier but I would take almost any other fight than this on the card.

    • I am Aboo

      you mad that there are women out there who are tougher than you?

  • dandogood

    Cat Zingano will be destroyed by Rousey in a huge mismatch. Cat is not that good but fighting Cyborg would also be a mismatch. Rousey and Cyborg are ranked 1 and 2 and cat might be 10th with the other spots open. Huge mismatch as Zingy is average.

  • TheCerealKiller

    “The UFC had been aggressively pursuing signing former Strikeforce champion turned actor Gina Carano ”

    Why do you guys keep calling her the former Strikeforce champ? She lost the fight for the belt to Cyborg. Gina has never held a belt, period!

  • dandogood

    Cat ain’t getting past the 1st round with Rousey.

    • Joe Dog

      Seems so. Slow starters can’t fare well. Rousey will arm bar her at the moment they touch gloves.

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  • TRT-rex

    Cat deserve the titl shot no doubt. But those DDT’s will not work on Ronda. She should start working on her Frog splash if she thinks she has any chance!

    • Maddawgmar

      Cat “Jake The Snake Roberts” Zingano

  • Maddawgmar

    Is it just me or did Cat look blazed in the post fight interview. Hell she looks like she was blazed up in this picture of her.

    • Joe Dog

      Cerrone probably burned one with Zingano.

  • dandogood

    Fake Hype over Cat. Nothing there to really impress anyone. Rousey is at another level.