Ronda Rousey Breaks Down UFC 178’s Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes

September 24, 2014
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Undefeated female bantamweight Cat Zingano earned a shot at the UFC women’s 135-pound title by defeating Miesha Tate, but an injury and personal tragedy has sidelined the 32-year-old for the past seventeen months.

The win over Tate in April 2013 didn’t just earn Zingano a title fight. She was originally slated to coach The Ultimate Fighter opposite Ronda Rousey during the nineteenth season of the reality series. Her untimely knee injury robbed her of a title shot and excluded her from the promotional value of coaching TUF.

Zingano returns to action at UFC 178 against Amanda Nunes on Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Rousey favors Zingano in the match-up, but says you can’t count Nunes out.

“Amanda is a very, very tough chick. I think her knockout against Julia Budd was like one of the most devastating knockouts I had ever seen in women’s MMA. But Cat is a very seasoned striker, so I don’t know. It’s a very, very good fight,” said the women’s bantamweight champ.

“I would say that I would probably lean towards Cat,” added Rousey. “I think she would probably be favored in the fight, but I would never count Amanda Nunes out.”

A win over Nunes could return Zingano to her top contender status in the women’s 135-pound division and land her in a title fight against Rousey in early 2015.

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  • Jason Kioke

    Cat Zingano wasn’t slated to coach against Ronda Rousey during the nineteenth season of the reality series. It was the eighteenth season. But anyways, the way I see this fight playing out is, if Cat Zingano can get pass the first round then its more than likely hers for the taking but I believe that the best chance for Amanda Nunes to win is in the first round. Prediction: Cat Zingano by decision.

  • SlickRick

    Nunes has not performed well against strong wrestlers. If she has improved her take down defense, I think she has a great chance. If not, Cat by grinding decision.

  • Reginald Miles

    I hope nunes catch her with a big shot. But if i was in vegas i would have to lay money on cat. Final decision cat by 2nd rd tko