While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was busy showing some skin in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (see the pics here), division No. 1 contender Cat Zingano was quietly profiled in the most recent edition of ESPN Magazine.
Zingano, who returned to mixed martial arts (MMA) last September to smash Brazilian veteran Amanda Nunes, will challenge Rousey for the 135-pound title in the main event of UFC 184, which takes place later this month (Feb. 28, 2015) in Los Angeles, California.
ESPN breaks down the feature.
The Mag's Allison Glock tells the story of Cat Zingano -- the only fighter and mother in UFC -- who was named the number one contender for Ronda Rousey's Women's Bantamweight title. While training, Zingano suffered a knee injury, had surgery and months later injured her other knee. While recovering from both injuries, Zingano's husband and trainer Mauricio Zingano suddenly committed suicide in January 2014. After nearly a year and half away from the Octagon, Zingano returned in September at UFC 178 and decisively defeated Amanda Nunes and is now in line to face Rousey for the title February 28.
Unfortunately that's incorrect, as Sara McMann is also a mother and was also undefeated when she fought for the title.
Either way, it's nice to see Zingano get some love from the mainstream sports world, especially after such a rocky 2014 (more on that here). And you can bet she'll be enjoying all sorts of headlines in "The Golden State" if she can knock off the champ.
Anyone picking upset?