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UFC Quick Quote: Cat Zingano is still here and still has what it takes to be champion

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Esther Lin

"I'm still here. This was a really good thing to do for myself, to give myself the time. I'm watching the results with my body, I'm watching the results with my spirit and my personal life. I'm excited that I gave myself this gift. These last couple of years have been a lot. Everything kind of got thrown at me and I was forced to adapt under pressure. My plan was that I had to get through all this, I can't take a break, I have to keep grinding and get through. The end goal was to beat Ronda and then take a break and kind of deal with life and what my new normal was with my son. Obviously I didn't beat Ronda, but I still needed to regroup. I want to get back because I know I have everything it takes to be a champion. I know I have everything it takes to beat Ronda and be the best in the world. It's just going out there and doing it."

As Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey gears up for her next title defense, a UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event against Holly Holm on Nov. 14 in Australia, the last fighter to get run over by the "Rowdy" freight train, Cat Zingano, tells UFC.com she wants the mixed martial arts (MMA) community to know she hasn't gone anywhere, despite her disappearing act in the wake of her high-profile loss at UFC 184. So, where has "Alpha" been for the past eight months? Getting herself back on track after an incredibly difficult time in her life (more on that here). While things didn't go her way against Rousey, Zingano (9-1) did polish off top contenders Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes by way of technical knockout, so it's easy to imagine she'll be right back in the championship mix with another big win. I hear this fighter is looking for an opponent...