The UFC is only three weeks away from hosting the second female fight in the organization’s history when Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano collide at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Though the stakes aren’t quite as high as the organization’s initial offering from women, the two talented bantamweights are still competing for a prize bigger than paycheck or bragging rights.
As UFC President Dana White recently revealed, the winner of the tilt between Tate-Zingano will emerge as top contender in the division and coach a team on TUF 18 against a squad under champion Ronda Rousey’s tutelage. While Zingano is certainly appreciative of the opportunity involved, she hasn’t let it cloud her vision and is keeping her sights set squarely on taking out Tate.
“I have my eye on the prize and that’s the world title. Miesha is the task at hand, at least for right now, and I’m looking straight at her; I’m not looking past her,” said the unbeaten Zingano in an interview with Inside MMA. “I’ve seen her fight. I know she’s scrappy and I know she’s wild. I think it’s a good fight for both of us. I think it’s going to be a really exciting fight for fans.”
The 13-3 Tate has an impressive resume to be sure, laying claim to success against the likes of Hitomi Akano, Julie Kedzie, Zoila Gurgel, and Marloes Coenen. However, Zingano could apparently care less about what Tate has done in the past.
“I want to implement my style and my skill. I’m not concerned about her. I don’t watch film. I don’t go into fights trying to have any expectations. I go in leaving everything I have in there,” she explained.
Zingano is 7-0 in her career with six stoppages. She was last seen sinking in a Rear-Naked Choke for the win against Raquel Pennington in October at Invicta FC 3.
The full interview with Zingano can be seen below:
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