Cat Zingano remains the No. 1 contender to the UFC female bantamweight title. Now, she can actually begin work on claiming her shot.
Zingano posted on Twitter that she has been medically cleared to return following a devastating knee injury. Zingano suffered the injury last year after defeating Miesha Tate and securing her spot as the next challenger to Ronda Rousey.
However, while preparing to meet Rousey and coach opposite her on The Ultimate Fighter, “Alpha” went down with the injury. She was replaced by Tate, who went on to face Rousey for the belt last December.
Still not cleared, Zingano saw Sara McMann take on Rousey earlier this year. She was also defeated by the champion.
For Zingano (8-0), it’s been a trying period. Along with missing the bulk of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 due to injury, she also had to deal with personal tragedy after her husband, Mauricio, committed suicide in January.
A former Ring of Fire flyweight and bantamweight champion, Zingano holds wins over Tate, Raquel Pennington and Barb Honchak during her career. Of her eight wins, three have been via submission and another four by knockout.
Zingano and Tate also became the first females in the UFC to earn “Fight of the Night” honors for their performance at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale last April.
Rousey is currently set to face Alexis Davis later this summer. The majority of the remaining fighters in the Top-10 do not have an opponent scheduled at this time.
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) May 6, 2014