Cat Zingano has an opponent for her first fight in over a year.
The one time title challenger Cat Zingano has not been seen inside the octagon since her loss to Ronda Rousey last year. Since that time Zingano has healed some injuries and learnt some new tricks.
Zingano is set to face TUF winner Julianna Pena at UFC 200. Dave Meltzer was the first to break the news on Thursday.
A winner of her last 9 coming into the Rousey bout Zingano (9-1) tasted her first defeat at the hands of the former champion and has since expressed how “excited” she is to get to show off what she has learned in this past year. With UFC wins over Amanda Nunes and current champion Miesha Tate, “The Alpha Cat” could be catapolted back into title contention with a win over the forner TUF winner.
Pena (7-2) is coming off a win over Jessica Eye at UFC 192 last October. Undefeated since winning TUF 18, Pena holds wins over Miliana Dudieva and the above mentioned Eye. A certain future star, Pena is getting a huge jump up in competition and a win over Zingano will most certainly help her case for a future title shot.