“Fights can go any way, any working day.” Cat Zingano returns this Friday at Bellator 256, getting on the tiny identified Olivia Parker. But the featherweight contender understands as nicely as any one that the MMA gods can be cruel. “It’s so significantly to shed. She’s received so a great deal to eliminate far too. It is really difficult listed here in the MMA earth, and truly everything can come about.”
Talking at the Bellator 256 virtual media working day on Wednesday, Zingano (11-4) was questioned about a rematch with previous UFC and Strikeforce champ Miesha Tate in a cross-promotional struggle. Which is not most likely to occur, as the returning former champ is in a various weight class, with a distinctive promotion, Zingano’s aged residence of the UFC. An additional intriguing rematch could consider area in the not-so-distant long run, however: Megan Anderson.
The previous Invicta FC champ and UFC title challenger a short while ago exited the Final Preventing Championship. Producing her just one of the major names on the totally free agent market place.Bellator has ongoing to make a large splash when it arrives to signing aggressive no cost agent fighters. And Zingano, for one particular, would adore that rematch with Anderson, immediately after their first assembly finished due to a toe poke — which was dominated a decline for “Alpha” Cat.
“Of class. Absolutely. She did not contact a hair on my head. Pretty much not just one,” Zingano reported of her willingness to fight Anderson as soon as extra. “Just a toe in my eye. They made a rule modify after that, stating that that is formally a poke. I guess now there is a five moment time allotment, the exact same issue as if you get a finger in the eye.”
Zingano did not acquired any these types of allowance, or a no contest because of to injuries. Instead, irrespective of Anderson’s toe jabbing her eye, the struggle was dominated a TKO loss.
Joking that she’s “happy to be section of background, all over again, in the sport,” although not essentially in these types of a disgusting way, Zingano additional that the decline is “something that I want to correct. I was undertaking excellent in the beginning of that fight. I was emotion genuinely very good in the course of that camp. It was my initially combat up at 145, I obtained prepared for it like a beast, and then it was just this bizarre, unlucky ending that just feels incomplete.”
Anderson’s current battle in opposition to Amanda Nunes for the UFC featherweight title did not go unnoticed by Cat Zingano. “Her combat with Amanda was a very attention-grabbing 1 as well. Due to the fact I defeat Amanda, and Amanda conquer her with this nuts relieve,” she noticed. “There could have been some nerves in there for Megan, but I’m certain that she’s hungry to fix all of that herself. If she comes over, I would undoubtedly like to revisit that.”
Leslie Smith was recently declared as the up coming challenger to Cris Cyborg’s title. It is a bout a lot of considered may possibly have long gone to Zingano, but the #3 ranked featherweight isn’t upset at the perceived snub.
“I’m ok with obtaining some additional expertise. Especially mainly because I had some time off just before this final just one, and I experienced a large surgical treatment,” described Zingano. “I really essential to see who and what and how my system was soon after that. And I’m extremely delighted with how I feel and how I’m undertaking. So getting in and preventing for 15 minutes against [Gabby Holloway] was a very fantastic knowledge, extremely excellent for me to do. That actual exact evening was the night that Leslie fought, and she had a excellent gain that night as properly.”
Zingano actually anticipated herself and the winner of Smith’s battle to experience off. “So I did hope this 7 days to be Leslie, but they clearly needed to choose any individual to shift ahead with Cyborg,” she mentioned. “And I assume that a rematch for them makes feeling. I’m satisfied to get what I can from whoever wins that struggle.”
Of class, Zingano also realizes that “none of that can materialize except I exhibit up and do my very best on Friday night time.”
Cat Zingano faces Olivia Parker on the major card of Bellator 256 this Friday, April 9 at the Mohegan Sunlight Arena in Uncasville, CT. In the U.S., the event airs are living on Showtime.