Cat Zingano is feeling relieved after snapping a three-fight losing skid this past Saturday, defeating Marion Reneau via unanimous decision at the UFC Fight Night 133 event.
Zingano (10-3) suffered losses to Ronda Rousey, Julianna Pena and Ketlen Vieira during her losing streak. However, Zingano feels as though she “didn’t show up” and was unable to “wake up” during those fights.
“I was so scared going into this fight,” Zingano told MMAjunkie. “I was very, very scared. Coming off three losses, all of them were losses where I just didn’t show up, wake up. I felt out of it. To come in [for this fight], I wasn’t sure who would show up. I really just wanted to dance my dance and try to feel her and try to stay off rhythm and be wild and crazy and me.”
“I worked so hard for so long without any of the results I wanted,” Zingano said. “I’m grateful for all the steps I took to get here. Although not all of them looked the way I wanted them to, it’s all part of this. I’m grateful and thankful, for everyone and everything along the way, and I’m able to know myself through all of this, and it’s nice to be here, and it’s nice to feel myself again.”
Prior to her losing skid, the 36-year-old picked up one of the most impressive streaks in bantamweight history, earning herself stoppage victories over Amanda Nunes, Miesha Tate and Raquel Pennington. The “Alpha” believes she’s ready for another shot at Nunes and is confident she’ll beat her once again, this time for the bantamweight title.
“I think we’ve got some unfinished business,” Zingano said. “I think it’s weird for me to call her out. She should call me out. It drives me crazy seeing people that (I’ve beaten) go on. She seems pretty not worried about me. But now that I’m in the W column, she’s got no reason not to lock horns with me again.
“She’s good. She’s been a good champion. She’s been dominant. But she hasn’t done a whole lot that I feel has evolved past what I’ve done to her. It’s time. The time’s coming.”
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