Some feel as if Ronda Rousey is untouchable.
Other MMA fans believe Cris Cyborg is the only female walking this planet that can truly give the UFC bantamweight champion a run for her money.
Well, Cat Zingano will have something to say to both of those statements sometime this year after securing a future title shot by defeating Miesha Tate.
Did Zingano storm Tate and handle the former Strikeforce champion? No, but she did do something not many others have been able to accomplish: finish “Cupcake.”
Walking to the Octagon with tears in her eyes, the mother and veteran fighter was obviously nervous prior to her Octagon debut this past weekend. For anybody that has seen a Cat Zingano match, she isn’t timid – vs. Tate, she was more than timid, she was down-right scared.
After 10 minutes of action, most of which Tate was in control of, Zingano found her rhythm and unleashed with brutal jabs, hooks and knees. Oh, those knees from “Alpha.”
Tate has fought the who’s who of female MMA, going toe-to-toe with Rousey, Julie Kedzie, Marloes Conene, Sarah Kaufman and others. Only Kaitlin Young in 2007 – her second pro fight – had previously been able to stop Tate via knockout or TKO.
Yes, Tate had been submitted by Rousey, but it had been almost six years since another female had made her surrender.
Zingano is 30 years old, but has fought just eight times in her career. She doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on her body.
Can Zingano be the one to finally solve Rousey? Honestly, probably not, but she’ll have several months to prep, prepare and get inside the head of “Rowdy.”
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