Former UFC bantamweight contender Cat Zingano has found an opponent for her much anticipated Bellator debut.
Zingano started her journey with Bellator back in October of 2019 after being released from the UFC that past August. As indicated by a report from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Zingano will confront Gabby Holloway for her debut on September 11 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Zingano has been one of the prominent female fighters to step foot inside the octagon. She had an impressive run of victories before being handed her first defeat by none other than Ronda Rousey in 2015 at their February clash for the UFC belt. Unfortunately, the match lasted only 14 seconds as Rousey was quick enough to submit her.
The bad phase of Zingano continued for two more fights before she finally saw herself in the win column, but was again defeated by Megan Anderson in December of 2018 in her next promotional fight.
After this series of losses, UFC decided to release her from the contract. Zingano now has a second chance at a title run with a newfound home in Bellator MMA, where she’ll first meet Holloway. Holloway is 6-5 in her MMA career and hasn’t fought since making her second Bellator appearance back in March of 2017.
There, she picked up a second-round TKO victory over Alexis Dufresne. Now, she has the opportunity to make a big statement in a matchup with a name as decorated as Cat Zingano.
Zingano: Future Bellator Champ ?
Zingano told ESPN shortly after she joined the promotion.
“Initially, can’t lie, I was struggling with making a decision only because my mind was fatigued, and I had a few things complete physically. I’m happy with how it came together. I can still accomplish the few things I had yet to accomplish in the UFC, just a different platform. I get to set brand new goals and do it on a whole new fresh blank slate. I get to start over, I get to reinvent, I get to go back to my roots if I want, too. I get to get excited and nervous for the new possibilities, and that makes my heart happy! These extra ten pounds will be just about as lovely as the fact I now get sponsors.
I want to grow and create an even stronger Bellator. I’m committed to it. A motivated Cat is a dangerous Cat.”
Bellator will run back-to-back shows on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 with a pair of former UFC title contenders making their respective debuts. Zingano vs. Holloway joins the Bellator card on Sept. 11, which will be headlined by former champion Phil Davis taking on Lyoto Machida in a light heavyweight showcase.