Former women’s bantamweight title contender, Cat Zigano, was submitted by Ronda Rousey in just 14 seconds when they headlined the UFC 184 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in early 2015.
But she wasn’t “dominated.”
In her next fight, on the heels of personal tragedy, “Alpha” returned to the Octagon at UFC 200 to throw hands with fellow contender Julianna Pena, but came up short on the judges’ scorecards after handily losing rounds two and three.
She wasn't dominated there, either.
Zingano did, however, break Amanda Nunes in their UFC 178 showdown way back in September of 2014, following a pretty rocky start to round one. That’s according to her recent conversation with MMA Junkie Radio.
“It’s not like I just got mangled and dominated. It’s all the stuff I got to work on and have worked on. I have no weight on me because of those fights, because they’re things I can correct and they’re things I will correct. Everything is different now, so to think that I haven’t improved since then, or that was even my best – that’s ridiculous. (Nunes) had everything in her favor that fight. Everything in her favor in that fight, and I still broke her.”
She’s right about the “different” part.
Nunes went on to win six straight with four finishes, two of which came against former champions Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Zingano, meanwhile, is 0-2 and coming off nearly two years of inactivity.
“Alpha” will get the chance to punch her way back into title contention against Ketlen Vieira at the UFC 222 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (March 3, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (full preview here).
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