Cat Zingano would like to fight Miesha Tate one more time.
It’s been well over a year since we saw Cat Zingano in the Octagon. Her last outing was a loss to the then champion Ronda Rousey.
Since the loss Zingano has used the time wisely by both healing her injuries and travelling to some of the worlds greatest MMA gyms and academies.
The former title challenger appeared on Friday nights episode of inside MMA on axstv to discuss where she’s been, who she wants to fight and what’s next.
I had some pretty big bumps and bruises I had to take care of as far as physically. And just on a personal note, I’m doing all of this for me and my son and that gives me a little more responsibility than all these other people have to deal with. I just worked a lot on the mental aspect of it all.
I took a trip to Thailand and visited a whole bunch of Gyms I’ve always wanted to train and learn technique and education from people I really look upto. I feel I’ve improved 110% and I’m ready to go out there and showcase it.
Going into the title bout with Rousey Zingano was both undefeated in the UFC and in her career. With wins over Amanda Nunes and the current bantamweight champion Miesha Tate to her name all signs are pointing to a future title shot again with a win in her Octagon return. Although Zingano would immediately like to fight Miesha, the UFC has other ideas and has booked her against a yet to be named opponent.
Being that I’ve had a year off they (UFC) wanted to have a tuneup fight. The fight that I want the most is clearly Miesha. Seeing her win the fight and the fashion in which she won the fight defiently put a fire in my spirit to get back out there and fight her.
When I blew my knee I had just beaten Miesha and Miesha off a loss to me was still handed my title shot. Obviously that’s the fight I want but I’m not looking passed this opponent, this is a very valid opponent and it’s gonna be an exciting fight.
I can’t wait for what you guys get to see because when this is announced you are gonna be [excited].
Zingano may have not have given much away in terms of details but she did mention that the fight would be at the start of summer. Also stating that her birthday was July 1st and the fight would either be “a late or early birthday present” all signs are pointing to a UFC 199 or UFC 200 comeback for Zingano.
As far as an opponent for “The Alpha Cat”, Invicta FC champion Cris Cyborg has been linked with a UFC 199 bout but both promotions have yet to confirm or deny those rumours. Holy Holm may also be an option seeing as, according to Dana White, Ronda Rousey will get first crack at new champion Miesha Tate.
UFC 199 and UFC 200 take place on June 4 and July 9 respectively.