Cat Zingano to Remain No.1 Women’s UFC Bantamweight Contender Upon Return

December 28, 2013
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07-Cat-Zingano-TUF-17-Finale-w-478x270When she returns from knee injuries, Cat Zingano will be the No.1 women’s bantamweight contender, UFC president Dana White confirmed on Thursday.

Zingano, who most recently underwent stem cell treatment to her left knee, is doing well in her recovery, White said. She is expected to return to fighting by the middle of 2014.

“She’s doing good,” White told reporters, when asked of Zingano’s rehabilitation. “Hopefully she stays healthy and we can get her back by summer.

“She’s the No. 1 contender. Numero uno. When she’s healthy, she’ll be ready to go.”

Zingano was originally scheduled to coach opposite Ronda Rousey on the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter, but a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus put a stop to those plans. Zingano injured her knee while doing a routine workout, forcing her into surgery shortly after.

“Snap, crackle, pop, and I hit the floor,” Zingano told official MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports back in May. “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.”

Overcompensation on the left leg made for more knee problems, Zingano told UFC Tonight in October. Zingano said she opted for the stem cell procedure instead of surgery, and expected to be back by April 2o14.

Rousey and Miesha Tate ended up coaching the reality show, and the two will have a rematch of their title fight from Strikeforce on Dec. 28 at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. Assuming all goes well with recovery, Zingano will meet the winner.

In terms of other fighters in the division, White added that undefeated Sara McMann will be back in early 2014, after having taken some time off to deal with “some personal issues.”

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  • Big Tuna

    Holly Holm is the future of the division she will clean clocks and look good doing it!

    • drkdisciple

      As much as I dislike Rousey I think Holly Holm has zero chance of beating her. It is not a coincidence that Rousey wants to fight her. The real women’s champion is Cyborg, she would lay a beating on both the same night!!

      • Big Tuna

        Honestly I can’t get over the fact that cyborgs success is attributed to intensive steroid usage…her voice the neck and the fact that roids benefit athletes in more ways that strength. I’ll never consider him a female fighter.

        • John Bunch

          Do men who use become “She’s” by default in your little world? Or at least down the road when they grow Bob’s bitch tits?

      • Big Tuna

        Holm is a real threat that has been training with Jackson for about a decade so she is ready. She’s been in more battles than any female out there over the last 15 or so years. As good as she is boxing she will destroy her opponents with nasty leg kicks

      • archaictext

        Yeah, but Cyborg is in a different weight class. She can’t make 135, so it doesn’t matter. She’s not the “real women’s champion”. That doesn’t make sense.

        • animuleaz@cox.net

          cyborg a cheat

    • jeremy

      i never seen her fight, but i just looked her up, she is hot… will look really good kicking ass.

  • JDMMA

    Who else is there?

  • Obi-Wan Granoli

    Sara McMann, def a threat.

  • jeremy

    I think Cat is a total babe, and a great attitude also. fun to watch fight. I hope she becomes the champ when she gets back..