Ed Soares, manager for Cat Zingano, believes he can have his fighter ready for a title fight with Ronda Rousey by June.
Zingano suffered a knee injury last year in training after securing her spot as the No. 1 contender to Rousey and the UFC female bantamweight title. She also recently lost her husband and coach, Mauricio Zingano, to an apparent suicide.
“She texted me after (the recent Rousey-Sara McMann) fight. Cat watched the fight, and she’s focused, she’s motivated, her recovery is going well, and physically, she’s getting back,” said Soares, in an interview with USA Today Sports. “She’s had a rocky road since her surgery, especially with all the personal stuff that’s happened to her.
“But Cat is one of those people who can take the negative energy and use it as a motivator to go get that belt.”
Zingano (8-0) defeated Miesha Tate last April via TKO in her Octagon debut. She has fought just once a year since having three wins in 2010, finishing Takayo Hashi in 2011 and Raquel Pennington in 2012.
Of her eight career wins, four have been knockout victories and three have been submission triumphs.