October 23, 2021

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‘I am on a operate for gold’ After Bellator 256

Cat Zingano is looking to come to be the Alpha Feminine of the Bellator featherweight division.

Cat Zingano: ‘I am on a operate for gold’

She entered Bellator 256 as a -800 favorite and rightfully so — defeating Olivia Parker in the to start with spherical by armbar submission. This was her 1st submission because 2012 against Raquel Pennington. Just after Zingano embraced her opponent, in the put up-fight interview with Mauro Ranallo, she informed him that she was on the operate for gold.

“I am on a run for gold,” Cat Zingano stated. “I want to go towards the best. I know who’s the most effective, I know these two ladies [Cris Cyborg and Leslie Smith] have a fight coming up in a pair months and I’d really like to get a shot at the belt above right here in Bellator. That would indicate a great deal to me.”

An OG to WMMA with notable wins around fighters like Raquel Pennington, Miesha Tate, and the G.W.O.A.T– Amanda Nunes, Zingano chose to continue her MMA profession in Bellator soon after staying produced from the UFC in August of 2019.

From her wrestling pedigree to her brown belt beneath Andre Galvao, Zingano’s skillset is excellent. But what’s extra amazing? The psychological and mental strength to proceed her career at 39 a long time old, just after injuries and traumatic gatherings beneath the general public eye. She exhibited her love for the sport when she informed Sports Illustrated’s Justin’s Barrasso “This is crazy and intensive, but it’s this kind of a thrill. I discover some thing new about myself each individual time.”

Zingano was the 1st female to get by TKO in the UFC. Just after decades of battles in the cage, she has openly mentioned her brain trauma on community platforms like the Joe Rogan Practical experience podcast. Even though Zingano is properly-knowledgeable of the signs or symptoms and threats of more brain destruction, she has been wrestling since she was 12 a long time aged and fighting is section of her identification, which is why she hopes to seal her legacy in gold under the Bellator MMA banner.

What is upcoming for Alpha Cat Zingano? A combat with Talita Nogueira to figure out the #1 contender? Or a title shot from the existing winner, Cris Cyborg?

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