Cyborg vs. Cat Zingano Reportedly Set For July

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Cyborg Justino’s next Octagon appearance is reportedly set.

The Brazilian made her UFC nearly a year ago at UFC 198 from her hometown of Fortaleza, Brazil. She took on Leslie Smith and got the first round TKO victory in just over a minute.

She followed that up with another brilliant performance against UFC newcomer Lina Lansberg four months later and earned yet another TKO victory. The former Invicta FC Champ campaigned hard for the UFC to implement a female 145-pound weight class, and they did – but Cyborg wasn’t a part of it.

After a brief run in with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which she was later cleared of, Cyborg is now cleared to get back into the Octagon. According to a report from Combate, Justino will be throwing down with former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano.

Zingano has had quite the career, as she has victories over former 135-pound champions Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes. She then met former division queen Ronda Rousey and was submitted in just 14 seconds of the first round, handing her her first career loss in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

After nearly two years off from competition, Zingano returned last summer against Julianna Pena lost a unanimous decision after 25 minutes of combat. Now it seems she will try her hand against a women who is considered the pound-for-pound best female fighter of all time by some, 10 pounds above her usual weight class.

The pair are reportedly targeted to face-off at UFC 214 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on July 29, 2017. The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between hated rivals Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. It also features a featherweight clash between rising featherweight star Doo Ho Choi and Andre Fili. Those are the only two fights finalized for the card as of this writing.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more…..

  • David Twardy

    That makes sense give cyborg another 135er that will be undersized…………..Anderson can wait in the wings until October I guess so she wont have to face Cyborg and the UFC gets a new golden girl.

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      Well if Zingano takes the fight thats where any sympathy excuse ends

      Unless she’s got evidence to the contrary, she’s signing that contract of her own free will

  • Murdock

    Catborg

  • bananaboy

    rip cat

  • Jess Fenchley

    Hilarious. Julianna Pena beat Cat like an old rug and now Cat wants to fight Cyborg?

    RIP Cat

    • barre

      I wasn’t impressed with Peña’s win over Cat. She just held her down. That’s about it. Cat CAN BE way more vicious

  • Bill Wolf

    The photo shows Cat Zingano making her best attack: using her size and strength to bully her smaller opponent and let her (Cat) land big knees, which are her best strike.

    For Cat Zingano to beat Cristiane Justino, that’s how it needs to go.

  • barre

    I am so sick of seeing all these mistakes by these lousy internet writers. Factual, grammatical, you name it. You would think that the one writing the article would be the one with the facts. Not the reader.
    Cat Zingano and Julianna Peña was a 3 round fight. There was no “25 minutes of combat.”