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Cat Zingano returns to action against Amanda Nunes at UFC 178

Kevin Iole
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Top-ranked women's bantamweight Cat Zingano (R), who defeated Miesha Tate (L) on April 13, 2013, returns from injury to face Amanda Nunes on Sept. 27 at UFC 178.. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Cat Zingano, who lost a UFC title shot and an opportunity to coach against women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey when she suffered a knee injury during training, willl return to competition on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas when she meets Amanda Nunes at UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden.

Zingano defeated former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate to earn a shot to coach against Rousey and then fight her in the finale, but a knee injury announced on May 28, 2013, forced her to withdraw. She was replaced by Tate, a move that shocked Rousey. Rousey then defeated Tate in the third round when they met at UFC 168.

Injury, though, hasn't been Zingano's only issue. In January, her husband, Mauricio Zingano, took his own life.

Cat Zingano returned to competition at the UFC Fan Expo last week when she won a match at Grappler's Quest with a flying armbar.

The Brazilian Nunes is 2-0 in the UFC, with victories over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie.

Zingano (8-0) is ranked No. 1 and Nunes (9-3) is No. 8 in the current UFC women's bantamweight rankings.

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