Cat Zingano, undoubtedly still reeling from the announcement that Meisha Tate would defend her belt at UFC 200 against Amanda Nunes, finds herself fighting on the same card. Zingano who has defeated both the current champion, Tate and the challenger, Nunes, must have felt a little hard done by, in getting over looked for the Title fight at 200. Considering she is ranked higher than Nunes, perhaps she has an argument to make. Zingano has only fought twice in the last two years though, having suffered multiple injuries.
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Zingano (9-1) dropped her last fight to then Champion Ronda Rousey, at UFC 184 in February of last year. That fight lasted just 14 seconds, a record victory in a Championship bout at the time (Since ousted by Conor McGregor’s starching of Jose Aldo in 13 seconds). It remains though, as the quickest submission in a Championship bout and this is a record Zingano will want to move on from. Before that bout Zingano was coming off two TKO finishes in the third round of fights against Meisha Tate and Amanda Nunes.
Her opponent at UFC 200, Julianna Pena (7-2) is undefeated in the UFC. After winning season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, Pena has beaten Milana Dudieva and Jessica Eye. The Venezuelan has landed herself in trouble outside of the octagon recently though, as she was arrested for an alleged bar fight in Washington, last December. She was alleged to have kicked two bouncers in the groin after the event and according to MMAJunkie.com was charged with two counts of simple assault.
Having been cleared to fight again by the UFC, Pena will be looking to put this drama behind her as she takes on perennial top ranked fighter Zingano. Both fighters will be hoping to shake off the cobwebs early and put their name in the title mix up. The bout won’t be likely to go the distance, as Zingano has eight finishes in her nine wins and Pena boasts six finishes in her seven wins.
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