One of WMMA’s most respected and popular fighters is no longer with the UFC.
UFC bantamweight/featherweight Cat Zingano was released from the organization according to published reports. Two anonymous sources have told MMA Junkie about the release. Given typical protocol, the organization is unlikely to issue an official statement about the release.
Zingano (10-4) last fought in December of last year, losing via bizarre TKO to Megan Anderson. While throwing a kick, Anderson’s toe nail, scratched Zingano eye, and she could not continue. This loss brought her Octagon record to 3-4, but wins and losses do not tell the entire story.
Zingano has not only persevered from personal tragedy, but she has participated in some of the most exciting fights in WMMA history. Her first UFC fight and win came in a thrilling come-from-behind win against future bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. After being dominated in the first two rounds, Zingano came back to not only stop Tate via knees and elbows, but in the process, broke Tate’s nose.
Her next fight was another rallying victory, this time over much-celebrated double-champ Amanda Nunes. Once again, Zingano’s opponent was dominant in the first and second round, but Zingano grabbed the current featherweight andbBantamweight champion and executed what could properly be called a belly-to-back suplex, and finished Nunes with ground and pound. This fight from September, 2014 marks the last time that Nunes has tasted defeat.
Even in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of professional sports, this is a curious move. It will be interesting to see which organization picks up Zingano. She will surely command considerable interest from other promotions. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.