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The second women's fight in UFC history has been scheduled as former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate will take on unbeaten grappling prospect Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Get all the details below.
That's because just moments ago, the official UFC Brazil twitter account announced a fight between former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate and unbeaten Ring of Fire champ Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in two months (April 14, 2013).
This bout marks the second female fight in UFC history.
Tate rose to fame in Strikeforce, working her way up towards a title shot by winning two fights in a single night tournament to earn a crack at then-champion Marloes Coenen. "Cupcake" upset the champion at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson via fourth round arm triangle, but would lose her first title defense against current UFC champion Ronda Rousey via (you guessed it) armbar. After a thrilling come-from-behind win against Julie Kedzie, she signed with the UFC and now has a fight.
Cat Zingano has experienced tremendous success in every level she's competed at. Despite fighting irregularly, the 30 year old elite grappler has earned four titles in just seven professional fights, competing at 135, 130 and 125 pounds. The unbeaten professional debuted with the all-female Invicta Fighting Championships last October, defeating Raquel Pennington via second round submission.
Could the winner of this fight be the next number one women's bantamweight contender?