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Cat Zingano vs. Olivia Parker booked for Bellator 256

A former UFC title challenger has her up coming fight booked – and a get could set her up for a Bellator title shot.

Cat Zingano (11-4 MMA, 1- BMMA) will consider on advertising newcomer Olivia Parker (4-1 MMA, – BMMA) in a women’s featherweight bout at Bellator 256 subsequent thirty day period. A promotional formal verified the reserving to MMA Junkie pursuing an original report from ESPN.com.

Bellator 256 normally takes position April 9 at Mohegan Sunshine Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The party will be Bellator’s second in 2021 and 2nd on Showtime.

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Zingano commenced her career 9-, including wins in her first two UFC fights – TKOs of eventual bantamweight champions Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes, who now is a two-division titleholder. She acquired a shot at Ronda Rousey’s bantamweight title, but was submitted in just 14 seconds.

Soon after extra than 16 months away, she returned at UFC 200 and dropped a choice to Julianna Pena. She was absent a further 20 months right after that and returned to a split choice decline to Ketlen Vieira. Right after a final decision get more than Marion Reneau in July 2018, she moved to featherweight and had a TKO loss to Megan Anderson at UFC 232 in a battle in which she experienced an accidental eye poke only about a moment in.

Zingano was a superior-profile free of charge agent signing for Bellator in Oct 2019, but it was practically a 12 months before her marketing debut at Bellator 245 this previous September. She stayed at featherweight and beat Gabby Holloway by unanimous choice. Because of the deficiency of depth of Bellator’s women’s featherweight division, a get around Parker could established Zingano up for a shot at champion Cris Cyborg.

The 39-12 months-outdated Parker is centered in Tennessee and a teammate of UFC standout Ovince Saint-Preux. She began her professional job 4-, including three stoppage wins less than the Valor Preventing Challenge banner. In July 2020, she moved up a amount, but was submitted in the 1st round by Chelsea Chandler at Invicta FC 40.

With the addition, the Bellator 256 lineup now features:

  • Champ Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida – for light-weight heavyweight title light-weight heavyweight tournament opening round

  • Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov – light-weight heavyweight tournament opening spherical

  • Diana Avsaragova vs. Tara Graff

  • Nainoa Dung vs. Izzy William

  • Jaylon Bates vs. Jeffrey Glossner

  • Nathan Ghareeb vs. Cody Law

  • Jessica Borga vs. Talita Nogueira

  • Olivia Parker vs. Cat Zingano