Cat Zingano had her last fight against Ronda Rousey at UFC 184. Ronda Rousey defeated Cat Zingano with a straight armbar and the fight lasted only 14 seconds.
Now ahead of her upcoming fight against Juliana Pena at UFC 200 on July 9, Zingano opens up about her loss to Rousey. That fight, in fact, changed her life.
“The entire time I’ve had the itch to go in there and fight again,” Zingano told The MMA Hour. “You know, I really hated the way in which I lost [to Rousey], I hated the fashion in which I lost. I needed to take care of things that went into being my best at this point. I decided to take a trip. I took my son to Thailand and really immersed myself in the stuff I wanted to learn and I wanted to improve on, and when I got a taste of that motivation and that inspiration as far as what I wanted to see my body do, I immediately was excited about it. I came home, I talked to my manager Ed Soares, and he was excited about how I sounded. I watched Miesha [Tate]’s fight against Holly [Holm] and I was super-pumped about all that, and it was just a feeling that I had inside that told me it’s time to get moving again.”
“I feel good, I feel ready,” she added.
Cat Zingano who defeated Miesha Tate in 2013 also expressed her interest in a rematch with Tate.
“If I put it in perspective for myself, if I were champion right now I feel like I’d be calling out every single person that scored on me, ever,” she said. “You hand me the magic wand of I get to be a champion, I want to avenge everything ever. I was honestly surprised because I know at different points in Miesha’s career there were points I was incapable of fighting, whether it was injury or personal things going on at the time, and Miesha did say that at some point she wanted to avenge her loss. Naturally I thought she might say something like that [after she won the belt], but it seems like I’m the only person she doesn’t want to fight right now.”
Miesha Tate will instead face Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.
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