Former UFC contender Cat Zingano will register her Bellator debut against Gabby Holloway in two days.
Following her loss to Megan Anderson at UFC 232, Zingano was inactive in the UFC for almost two years. While there was a massive turmoil regarding her next fight, it will now happen in a different promotion.
In the UFC, Zingano has beaten some of the best fighters from her roster, including the likes of Amanda Nunes and Miesha Tate. Thus she has always been hailed as one of the best fighters ever.
While Bellator will bring some new challenges for her, she has got some other reasons to justify her move. Cat Zingano was recently filming for an Emmy-nominated docu-series ‘Why I fight’ and it has highly influenced her move to Scott Coker’s yard.
Zingano’s debut has been a long time coming; she last fought in December 2018, against Megan Anderson back in the UFC. The end that night came early via toe poke, something of a fluke loss in a fight many had been looking forward to. While eye pokes from fingers are penalized, toe pokes are not.
Zingano: Future Bellator Champion ?
It might not be how Zingano, a former bantamweight title challenger in the UFC, wanted to close out her time with the promotion. But it has led to a new opportunity, and potentially another shot at gold.
“I feel refreshed. I feel like it’s a great new opportunity,” Zigano told media outlets during the Bellator 245/246 media day this week. “I’m coming here to bang. I’m ready to turn it all up and turn it all on, and do what I need to do to be successful.”
Calling her journey a “crazy road in this entire sport,” Zingano appeared ready to close the door on her UFC history.
“As far as stuff with the UFC, it’s a closed chapter. I’m grateful for all the marketing that went into me, I’m grateful for all the opportunities, to have fought for a title, fought some of the best women in the world and beaten some of the best women in the world,” she said. “A lot of experiences there, a lot of growth and learning. It prepares me for this next chapter in a way I’m excited about too.”
Bellator 245 takes place this Friday, September 11 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The event airs live on Paramount Network.
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