Featherweight bout between Cat Zingano and Megan Anderson in the works for UFC 232 on December 29

Per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, a women’s featherweight fight between Cat Zingano and Megan Anderson is being targeted for the UFC 232 event on 29 December.

Zingano is a veteran of the sport who owns wins over Amanda Nunes, Miesha Tate and Raquel Pennington.

If the fight is made official, it will take place on the same card as Cyborg vs. Nunes. Cyborg has been vocal about wanting a backup fight for this event, and it appears she will get her wish.

Zingano (10-3) snapped a three-fight losing skid in her last showing, picking up the unanimous decision win over Marion Reneau at the UFC Fight Night 133 event in July. The 36-year-old owns notable stoppage wins over some of WMMA’s greats including Amanda Nunes, Miesha Tate and Raquel Pennington.

Anderson (7-3) made an unsuccessful promotional debut this past June, losing a unanimous decision to Holly Holm. The 28-year-old is a former Invicta FC featherweight champion who owns wins over the likes of Charmaine Tweet, Amanda Bell and Amber Leibrock.

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UFC 232 takes place on December 29 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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7 comments

  1. Can’t fathom why Zingano would even wanna do this, aside from not wanting to back down from a call-out. A win over someone like Anderson doesn’t really do anything for her, and a loss? Yikes.

    1. Zingano wants another crack at Nunes, and in the past she’s been vocal about a potential bout with Cyborg. If one of them were to pull out, she could easily step up. Otherwise, a win over Anderson would solidify her as a potential threat at Featherweight and Cyborg. She loses? Just go back down to Bantamweight, like Smith, Holm, Länsberg, Evinger, DeRandamie, Kunitskaya did.

      As for Anderson, I would love to see her get the win. But Zingano is a terrible match up for her, Cyborg is even worse. Her division is too thin, and the top bantamweights alone could prove too much of a challenge for her. The winner of TUF 28 could be her next opponent though, none of them are ready for Cyborg either.

      1. I agree that FW is too thin and that most top BW’s can beat the top FW’s not named Cyborg. However, I’m not that sure Anderson will be overwhelmed by Zingano, who at 5’6 is small for a BW. Megan is 6′ and if she has developed a decent jab and worked on her kicks and TD defense, could prove to be quite a challenge of Cat.

  2. It’ll be an interesting fight, but I don’t see Cat losing to Megan, unless Megan has improved out of sight. Cat is as tough as nails, witness the beating she took from Nunes, and came back to win. It could be a make or break fight for both, and at the least severely diminish the ego of the loser. I think there’s a lot on the line for both, with the potential to finish a UFC career. And in that sense I think it’s an important fight, and one worth watching, if it happens.

    1. Definitely agree with you Ray! I am a big Cat fan and I’ve got Zingano as well but I can’t forget about the 6-inch height, 5-inch reach advantages for Anderson!

      1. Quite understandable. But I don’t think MMA is a sport where size, height or reach is the be all and end all (within divisions). How many times have we overestimated this? In an MMA fight, a six inch height advantage means next to nothing. It ain’t the height, it’s the speed and agility, and the experience. Add to that the ability to take endless punches to the head, and still recover. If Megan proves me wrong, I’ll be totally fine with that. But I can’t see it happening, if the fight happens.

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