Cat Zingano injury update: 'Alpha' cleared to train jiu-jitsu, expects to face winner of Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate

As the women's 135-pound division continues to grow, one top contender is hoping she doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight contender, Cat Zingano, finally has some good news to share (via Facebook) after her latest visit with her physician, who revealed that "Alpha" was cleared to resume jiu-jitsu training and light pad work, with full clearance expected on March 1, 2014.

Naturally, Zingano was ecstatic:

Got the news today! I am cleared to train BJJ again and can do light pad work! Two more injections by Dr. Fady Elias of Orthoregeneration.com and im good to start sparring again March 1st! Heck yeah!!

"Alpha" -- who blew her knee out earlier this year while training for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 -- went under the knife to repair her ACL and get back into fighting shape (video). That allowed Miesha Tate to take over as TUF coach, as well as the UFC 168 co main event against Ronda Rousey.

Now that Zingano has a rough timetable for her return, she can turn her attention to the winner of the Rousey vs. Tate rematch, which takes place on Dec. 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada (details). Already up 1-0 on the latter, she probably won't have to do anything differently should "Cupcake" upset "Rowdy;" however, if the champ retains, she may want to re-think this bizarre strategy.

Anyone out there think she would benefit from a tune-up fight?

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