The rivalry between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate is at an all-time frenzy right now, but if Cat Zingano hadn’t injured her knee, the current season of The Ultimate Fighter might look a lot different.
Zingano defeated Tate at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, earning her spot as a coach on the 18th season, and an eventual title shot at the end of the year. Unfortunately, she tore the right anterior cruciate ligament in her knee just prior to the show’s filming, and was replaced by her previous opponent.
Three months after her reconstructive surgery, Zingano reported that her right knee is healing well. In an unlucky twist of fate, however, her doctor believes she may now have a torn meniscus in her left knee.
“The only problem is the left knee appears to have somewhere along the line gotten into trouble with a medial meniscus tear,” said Dr. Ronald S. Kvitne of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in a video posted on Zingano’s Facebook page. “So we’ll confirm that today with an MRI. If she does may have a torn meniscus, she’ll need surgery fairly quickly, so she can get back on track with the rehab.”
Luckily, if they can get her into surgery quick enough, it shouldn’t affect her scheduled recovery. Zingano plans to make a return to the octagon in early 2014, hopefully to challenge the winner of Rousey vs. Tate at UFC 168.