Right now, the WMMA spotlight is planted firmly on the rivalry between UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. However, if Rousey successfully defends her title against Tate in December, a previously planned match-up with Cat Zingano should be in the cards.
If Rousey defends the title and faces Zingano in the following match-up, the would-be challenger surprisingly stated that she’s not even a little bit worried about the champ’s infamous armbar.
“Absolutely [I’ll defend it]. I don’t spend any time training armbars,” Zingano said on UFC Tonight. “I think Ronda has her armbar in her back pocket and relies on it. I’m not training for anyone I fight. I train for me.”
Zingano defeated Tate at the TUF 17 Finale event in April, earning her place as a coach opposite Rousey on the next season of the reality show, as well as a future title shot. Unfortunately, a knee injury sidelined those opportunities, allowing Tate to step in and grab both the coaching role and title tilt.
Luckily, Zingano’s recovery is moving along nicely, and she should be able to return in 2014 to face the winner of Rousey and Tate.
Rousey has so far defeated every one of her opponents by armbar, meaning that either Zingano has one heck of a submission-defense game, or she’s kidding herself.