Cat Zingano fans may only have to wait six to seven months for the return for UFC’s undefeated “Alpha.”
Zingano, who recently underwent ACL replacement surgery, posted a Youtube video of her surgeon Dr. Ronald Kvitne delivering her the news that she should be able to return to training in about four months.
Prior to her injury, which she sustained while training, Zingano had come off of a comeback victory over Miesha Tate and earned herself a coaching spot against UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on the newest season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” as well as a title shot against the “Rowdy” one. With Zingano injured, it would be Tate who would receive the coaching spot and the title opportunity.
While Zingano may get a title match with the winner of the Tate and Rousey fight down the road, she may end up getting a tune up fight when she returns. Fighters like Liz Carmouche and Amanda Nunes could match her in power and killer instinct. Sara McMann and Jessica Andrade could match her in the grappling department.
In the event that Alpha does get to face the UFC champion, part of me wants to see her fight Rousey because it would truly be the number 1 and 2 ranked fighters in the women’s division. A part of me would also like to see her fight Tate, mostly because some of the people may have forgotten that it was Zingano who had earned the TUF coaching spot and title match in the first place. As ESPN’s Josh Gross put it on Twitter “I don’t mind the Rousey-Tate rematch at all, but why are we pretending Tate got the shot because she “deserves” it. Remember Cat Zingano?” If Zingano and Tate have a rematch, have a different referee, that way there will hopefully be no complaint about an early stoppage.
No matter who Zingano faces, she will get a great reception from the fans when she returns to the octagon.