UFC women’s bantamweight contender Cat Zingano was forced to pull out of a coaching gig on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, which would have paved the way for her to get a crack at the current champion, Ronda Rousey, after suffering a torn ACL.
Zingano’s title shot and TUF coaching slot went to Miesha Tate, who lost to Rousey at UFC 168, but president Dana White said Zingano would still be the No. 1 contender when she was able to return.
Unfortunately for Zingano, that time has yet to come and she was once again passed over for a shot at the title. This time, former Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann leapfrogged Zingano to get the shot. Zingano is understandably upset with getting passed over yet again and she had some words for the UFC — including that she would fight Rousey even with a torn ACL.
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) December 30, 2013
It is not how Zingano would have liked to see things go, but it is the harsh reality of mixed martial arts.
The good news for Zingano, however, is that Anthony Pettis had a long road to a title shot after initially being promised one and it ultimately worked out for him. Patience is key.