Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy Adds Amanda Nunes vs. Cat Zingano

August 29, 2012
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Cat ZinganoFollowing the success of August’s Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman event, the promotion continues its support of women’s mixed martial arts. A bout pitting Amanda Nunes against Cat Zingano was added to the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy fight card slated for Sept. 29 in Sacramento, Calif.

“We’d like to welcome @CatZingano to the Strikeforce family. She’ll take on @Amanda_Leoa Nunes at next month’s event in Sacramento!” tweeted Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker on Wednesday.

Nunes (7-2) is a Strikeforce veteran, but had her rocket ride to a title shot derailed by Alexis Davis at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov. She had been on a six-fight winning streak prior to the loss. Nunes rebounded recently at Invicta FC 2 in July, submitting Raquel Pa’aluhi.

Her road to a shot at Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey won’t be an easy one, though. Zingano isn’t very well known on the international circuit yet, but she brings a 6-0 record into her Strikeforce debut, including victories over the likes of Carina Damm and Takayo Hashi.

The two are expected to square off on the preliminary portion of the fight card headlined by Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who puts his belt on the line against No. 1 contender Pat Healy.

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  • Gilbert really needs to be in the UFC. He’s not getting any younger but still performing. I’d love to see him and Edgar, assuming Edgar will take fights in both fw and lw.

  • BlackDog2009

    Gilbert is good where he is. It’s not like UFC’s current champ is better than him, cause Bendo is not. Bendo fought an aweful fight against Edgar (if I can call it ‘fought’). Then there’s that Nate Diaz, close friend and teammate of Gilbert is set really well to getting UFC’s gold. I’m also intrigued but this Zingano chick. Let’s see what she’s got.