It wasn’t that long ago when Cat Zingano was in line to challenge UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey next, and it looks like the fighter’s a win away from being so again.
Zingano took out Miesha Tate last April at the TUF 17 Finale, and was set to coach opposite Rousey on the next season of the show.
The 32 year-old suffered a knee injury, shortly after the win, however, and Tate stepped in as her replacement (and subsequently lost to Rousey in December). Zingano also had to recover from the passing of her husband and coach, Mauricio.
Well, Zingano will make her Octagon return at UFC 178 on Saturday, and will take on Amanda Nunes. While speaking to the media recently, UFC President Dana White confirmed that a Zingano win, will secure her position as the division’s top contender (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“Cat’s No. 1 (contender if she defeats Nunes),” White said. “Cat’s No. 1. Yup.”
That’s good news for Zingano and her supporters, and it also makes sense. The undefeated fighter earned a title shot already, and a win over Nunes could be a good way of reminding folks.