The woman who was supposed to coach opposite Ronda Rousey on this season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, Cat Zingano, was in studio for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) news show UFC Tonight earlier this week on FOX Sports 1.
"Alpha" discussed a number of topics, including her original knee injury which forced her out of the reality show and the rumored, but now confirmed, setback to her left knee that may keep her out even longer. She will undergo a "stem cell procedure" to treat the injury and the official timetable for a return to fighting is set at three months.
Hosts Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian also brought up the topic of an impending showdown against Rousey, assuming the champion can get past Miesha Tate at the UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV), set for Dec. 28, 2013 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Absolutely. I don't spend any time training armbars. I think Ronda has her armbar in her back pocket and relies on it. I'm not training for anyone I fight. I train for me."
Both taken aback by such a concise and short answer, Sonnen rephrased the question to ask about how much time she will take to train for the move. She had a much more elaborate response the second time around.
This lack of concern for a proven submission artist's go-to move (example: the Cody McKenzie guillotine) sounds about as nutty as Tate being pissed at Kim Winslow's stoppage during the relentless knees from Zingano at TUF 17 Finale in April of this year.
Which reminds me, what about those knees "Alpha" was dropping on "Cupcake" before the fight ended?
"Those last few knees were a gift I was given by the ref."
One has to wonder how someone preparing for the scariest female fighter on the planet could head into a future PPV fight and not train for the maneuver the champion has used in order to finish ALL OF HER OPPONENTS.
So, when this epic encounter does go down, will Zingano be able to avoid the submission that already stymied Liz Carmouche and sent Tate to the hospital?
Time will tell.