UFC bantamweight Cat Zingano is a relative unknown in comparison to opponent Miesha Tate who she’ll fight this Saturday night at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. While the 13-3 Tate is a former Strikeforce champion who played a crucial role in Ronda Rousey’s rise to MMA royalty, Zingano has been working her tail off on the regional scene where she’s compiled a 7-0 mark including six stoppages under the watchful eye of only the most hardcore enthusiasts.
Zingano recently spoke with ESPN where she made it clear she plans to properly introduce herself to mainstream fans when she takes on Tate by putting on what she feels should be a fairly dominant performance.
“Miesha Tate has no area in which I feel she is stronger than me. I’m better than her on the feet, on the ground. I am very disciplined in my conditioning. I’m very comfortable fighting from any position — off my back or on top — my footwork, everything,” explained the self-assured Zingano. “I’m a few levels above her. I have something she’s not going to be able to handle in every scenario. I’m very confident in everything that I bring into the cage.”
Based on the 30-year old’s comments it’s evident she isn’t expecting any nerves to come into play when the cage door closes. If such comes to pass it will certainly be an impressive feat considering the stakes at play. The winner of Zingano-Tate is not only expected to earn a title-shot but also a place in history as head coach on TUF 18.
“Going into UFC is an incredible opportunity,” admitted Zingano, aware of the circumstances at play. “But every fight I go into is just a fight. It’s just me versus them, and my will versus their will, and who’s going to break and who’s going to get their hand raised.”
Fans can catch the two talented 135ers throw down on the main card of this weekend’s show.
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