Despite being crowned the number-one contender, “Alpha” Cat Zingano was told she’ll have to fight again before getting her crack at the women’s bantamweight title. Now, we have new details about the situation.
On this UFC Tonight earlier this week, Ariel Helwani reported that Zingano is prepared to take a fight, and that Amanda Nunes is the targeted opponent.
Zingano, who turns 32 next month, won a No. 1 contender’s bout over Miesha Tate last April at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. The fight, a back and forth war, is widely considered among the best women’s fights in UFC history.
Following the bout, Zingano was slated to coach opposite Ronda Rousey for The Ultimate Fighter 18, with a title fight between the two happening after the season. However, shortly before filming, Zingano tore her ACL, and was replaced by Tate.
Throughout her recovery UFC president Dana White has stated Zingano remains the number-one contender, but following an absence of well over a year, he thought taking a fight would be in her best interest. Alexis Davis is now slated to take on Rousey at UFC 175 in July.
Nunes is currently ranked No. 8 in the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings, and unbeaten in the UFC, with victories over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie.