No. 1 UFC women's bantamweight title contender Cat Zingano is finally ready to get back to full MMA training. Zingano announced yesterday through her twitter account that she has been cleared to resume hard training after months of rehab and recovery from a torn ACL.
The 31 year-old undefeated contender last fought and won over a year ago, when she stopped Miesha Tate in the final round of their nasty battle. Zingano's win secured a title shot against bantamweight title-holder Ronda Rousey, but the ACL injury forced her to wait.
The mother also faced more adversity with the death of her husband, Mauricio, early this year. Now that Zingano is physically ready to get back to hard training, it will be interesting to see if she gets the title shot she earned out of the gate, or if it takes another fight first.
Sarah Kaufman took the opportunity of Zingano's announcement to call out the "Alpha Cat."
Just read @CatZingano is cleared to train. Which means she will be ready to fight in a few months. Tune up fight in the summer? Ill be ready— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) May 6, 2014
Kaufman herself is coming off a win, over Leslie Smith, three weeks ago. Shortly after the win, UFC president Dana White dismissed the idea of Zingano fighting Kaufman.
Would you rather see Zingano wait and fight the winner of July's bantamweight title bout between Rousey and Alexis Davis, or take on someone like Kaufman first to see how well her knee will hold up?
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