Cat Zingano will face Ronda Rousey in January at UFC 182, and it’s a dream match she’s been hoping for.
According to Yahoo Sports, The 32-year-old Zingano had just finished off a tough opponent, Amanda Nunes, in brutal fashion, raining down ground-and-pound strikes until the referee waved off their UFC 178 bantamweight bout in the third round.
UFC President Dana White confirmed that she would be the next Rousey challenger. When asked if the fight was official, White said:
“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 … This was the shut up about Gina Carano fight.”
The quick resolution to the forthcoming match was expected after White lashed out at other potential challenger Gina Carano and her handlers. White went on record in a profanity-laced tirade that called Carano as “one of the hardest human beings we’ve dealt with.” There are other aspirants in Fallon Fox, Bethe Correia and Cris “Cyborg” Justino, but those women will have to wait in line as Cat Zingano has earned her keep in this one.
White relayed that the injury that sidelined Cat Zingano for seventeen months might have doubters question her ability to topple the undefeated champion, but the Nunes fight just hushed all pundits. He also said that they showcased her with the fight due to the prolonged absence. Rousey has long been interviewed on record as targeting to fight in the Jones-Cormier headliner and the American fighter has no problems with the date.
So barring any surprises, it is all but set in stone that Cat Zingano will be the next fighter to attempt to dent Rousey’s immaculate record this coming Jan. 3.
Zingano told MMAjunkie:
“I was really pushing to get through this fight and I just had to get through this one and then I could look at the horizon.”
And that is what Cat Zingano just did. The early shaky moments showed that she has the mental toughness to survive an adrenaline filled physical onslaught. Zingano has already gone past Meiesha Tate and Amanda Nunes, doping underdog comeback in both fights.