Bellator 256: Cat Zingano out-grapples and submits Olivia Parker

Cat Zingano calls for title shot following win over Olivia Parker at Bellator 256.

Cat Zingano feels ready to take on the winner of the upcoming Cristiane Justino (aka Cris Cyborg) vs. Leslie Smith Bellator women’s featherweight title fight following her first-round submission of Olivia Parker at Bellator 256.

Zingano improved to 2-0 in the promotion.

Cat Zingano submits Olivia Parker, calls for winner of Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith 2

Almost immediately, Zingano focused on the takedown and managed to back Parker up to the cage. Parker had a good effort in reversing position but still ended up taken to the mat with a trip.

Zingano successfully got to Parker’s back twice while searching for a choke, but Parker fought through, even reversing into top position on the second attempt.

But that move into top ultimately led to Parker’s downfall, as Zingano opened up her guard and caught Parker in a belly-down armbar, scoring the submission.

Bellator 256 takes place on Friday, April 9, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.