Cris Cyborg’s accusations that Cat Zingano is dodging her are refuted by Cat Zingano.
Cris Cyborg has been accused of dodging Cat Zingano ever since she joined Bellator, and Cat Zingano has responded.
Zingano addressed Cyborg’s remarks and the reasons why a battle between the two fighters hasn’t taken place during her Bellator 293 pre-fight media availability. She mentioned that it’s not exactly simple to book the fight because of the current status of the promotion’s reigning women’s featherweight champion.
Zingano stated, “She’s not even with the promotion, so I don’t know how to duck someone. She just tells me to sign a contract, but she has two contracts to sign to even get back in the promotion. I feel like she’s kind of a crazy lady yelling from the street corner right now, just trying to get anyone to talk to her, anyone to pay attention to her.”
When describing Cyborg as a negative individual, “Alpha” didn’t hold back in expressing her opinions. In addition, she said she would continue to ignore her until substantive talks about a possible title match started:
“She’s always complaining. She always got something negative to say. At this point, I kind of ignore her and once those real conversations start happening, then we could do something about it. But right now, it’s just noise.”
If Cyborg wins this Friday at Bellator 293 and defeats Leah McCourt, it will be intriguing to see if Zingano challenges her for the title.
Cat Zingano is an American mixed martial artist who has had a successful career in the sport. She is known for her aggressive style and impressive grappling skills, which have earned her numerous accolades over the years.
Zingano began her professional career in 2008, fighting for various smaller promotions in the United States. She quickly gained a reputation as a talented fighter, and was signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2013.
In her UFC debut, Zingano defeated Miesha Tate by TKO in a thrilling fight that earned her a title shot against Ronda Rousey. However, Zingano suffered a knee injury that kept her out of competition for over a year, and she was forced to relinquish her title shot.
Zingano returned to the octagon in 2014, defeating Amanda Nunes by TKO in her next fight. She then faced Rousey in a highly anticipated title fight, but was defeated by submission in just 14 seconds.
Despite the setback, Zingano continued to compete in the UFC, earning wins over fighters like Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau. She also made history by becoming the first woman to win a UFC fight by technical knockout due to knees in the body, defeating Miesha Tate in 2013.
In 2018, Zingano parted ways with the UFC and signed with the Bellator promotion. She made her Bellator debut in September of that year, defeating Gabrielle Holloway by TKO. She has since had two more fights with the promotion, winning one and losing one.
Throughout her career, Zingano has been known for her resilience and determination, and has become one of the most respected fighters in the sport. She continues to compete at the highest level of the sport, and remains a fan favorite among MMA fans.
Cris Cyborg on the other hand is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who has had a highly successful career in the sport. She is widely considered one of the greatest female fighters of all time, and has won numerous championships and accolades over the course of her career.
Cyborg began her professional career in 2005, fighting in smaller promotions in Brazil. She quickly gained a reputation as a fearsome striker, with her aggressive style and devastating knockout power earning her many fans.
In 2009, Cyborg signed with the Strikeforce promotion in the United States, where she quickly established herself as the top female fighter in the organization. She won the Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Championship in her first fight with the promotion, and went on to defend the title multiple times over the next few years.
In 2011, Cyborg tested positive for anabolic steroids following a fight with Hiroko Yamanaka, and was subsequently suspended for a year. She returned to competition in 2013, signing with the all-female promotion Invicta FC.
Cyborg continued to dominate her opponents in Invicta, winning the organization’s Featherweight Championship and defending it twice before signing with the UFC in 2016. She made her UFC debut in May of that year, defeating Leslie Smith by TKO.
Cyborg went on to become the UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion in 2017, and defended the title twice before suffering a shocking upset loss to Amanda Nunes in 2018. She rebounded with a win over Felicia Spencer in her next fight, but then parted ways with the UFC in 2019 due to contract disputes.
Since leaving the UFC, Cyborg has fought for the Bellator promotion, where she won the Bellator Women’s Featherweight Championship in 2020. She has continued to dominate her opponents in Bellator, and remains one of the top fighters in the sport today.