Cat Zingano

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Cat Zingano
BornCathilee Deborah Albert
(1982-07-01) July 1, 1982 (age 32)
Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Other namesAlpha
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionBantamweight
Reach70 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofBroomfield, Colorado
TeamTeam Zingano & Black House (MMA)
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total8
Wins8
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision1
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Cat Zingano
BornCathilee Deborah Albert
(1982-07-01) July 1, 1982 (age 32)
Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Other namesAlpha
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionBantamweight
Reach70 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofBroomfield, Colorado
TeamTeam Zingano & Black House (MMA)
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total8
Wins8
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision1
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Cathilee Deborah Zingano[1] (née Albert, born July 1, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. On April 13, 2013, she became the first woman to win a UFC fight by technical knockout.

Zingano is currently the #5-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com[2] and the #3-ranked 135-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[3] As of January 17, 2014, she is #1 in official UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[4]

Early Life[edit]

Cat Zingano began her career in combat sports with Wrestling at age 12. She attended High School in Boulder, CO; where she got involved with combat sports after joining the wrestling team.[5] She eventually became part of both the University of the Cumberlands (2001) and MacMurray College women's wrestling teams and become a 4-time All-American and National Champion.[6]

In 2007 Zingano discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), shortly after she started to compete and won many tournaments: including the World Championships (Mundials) in Los Angeles, and the Rio de Janeiro State Championships in Brazil, along with several State titles in Colorado.

A Few months after doing Jiu Jitsu, in October of 2007, Zingano competed in her first amateur Mixed Martial Arts fight and instantly new that MMA was something she wanted compete in.[7]


Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zingano made her pro MMA debut on June 13, 2008, and submitted Karina Taylor with an armbar in the first round. She won championship titles in three of her first four pro fights.

On December 10, 2010, Zingano faced Carina Damm at Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She defeated Damm by TKO in the second round.[8]

Zingano next faced Takayo Hashi at Fight To Win: Outlaws on May 14, 2011.[9] She defeated Hashi via knockout from a slam in the third round.[10]

Invicta FC and Strikeforce[edit]

Zingano was scheduled to face Anita Rodriguez at Invicta Fighting Championships 1, but she was forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury.[11]

Zingano had signed on to face Amanda Nunes at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy on September 29, 2012,[12] but the event was cancelled when Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy, sustained a knee injury in training that forced his withdrawal from the card.[13]

Zingano instead faced Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs Sugiyama on October 6, 2012.[14][15] She defeated Pennington by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.[16]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In February 2013, it was revealed that Zingano would participate in the second women's match in UFC history. She fought Miesha Tate on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[17] Zingano defeated Tate by TKO in the third round.[18] The bout was named Fight of the Night.[19]

As the winner of the bout, Zingano was set to become a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Ronda Rousey and be the next challenger for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.[20] However on May 28, it was announced that Zingano was out as coach/opponent for Rousey after she had suffered a knee injury earlier in the month which required surgery and had been replaced by Tate.[21] On October 3, 2013, Zingano underwent PRP and stem cell treatment on both of her knees at Ortho Regenerative Institute with Dr. Fady Elias in Costa Mesa, California.[22]

Zingano is expected to face Amanda Nunes on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Cat was married to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Mauricio Zingano.[24] Together, they have a son,[25] making her the first mother to compete in a UFC match.[18] She teaches a Women's Only Fitness Boot Camp in Broomfield, Colorado.[26] Her husband, Mauricio Zingano took his own life on January 13, 2014, at the age of 37.[27][28]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win8–0Miesha TateTKO (knees and elbow)The Ultimate Fighter 17 FinaleApril 13, 201332:55Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night
Win7–0Raquel PenningtonSubmission (rear-naked choke)Invicta FC 3: Penne vs SugiyamaOctober 6, 201223:32Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win6–0Takayo HashiKO (slam and punches)Fight To Win: OutlawsMay 14, 201134:42Denver, Colorado, United StatesWon Fight To Win Women's 125 lbs Championship
Win5–0Carina DammTKO (punches and elbows)Crowbar MMA: Winter BrawlDecember 10, 201023:37Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Win4–0Ivana ColemanTKO (punches)Ring Of Fire 38: AscensionJune 5, 201011:54Broomfield, Colorado, United StatesBecame first Ring Of Fire Women's 125 lbs Champion
Win3–0Barb HonchakDecision (unanimous)Fight To Win: PhenomsJanuary 30, 201035:00Denver, Colorado, United StatesWon Fight To Win Women's 130 lbs Championship
Win2–0Angela SamaroSubmission (anaconda choke)Ring Of Fire 33: AdrenalineJanuary 10, 200923:40Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win1–0Karina TaylorSubmission (armbar)Ring Of Fire 32: RespectJune 13, 200812:30Broomfield, Colorado, United StatesBecame first Ring Of Fire Women's 135 lbs Champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ State Of Nevada Department of Business and Industry Athletic Commission (13 April 2013). "Mixed Martial Arts Show Results "TUF Finale"" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Women's MMA Pound-For-Pound Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ "Cat Zingano (Fighter Bio)". Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "The 9 lives of Cat Zingano". Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cat Zingano MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cat Zingano, Carla Esparza Earn Wins At "Winter Brawl"". MMARising.com. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Cat Zingano To Face Takayo Hashi In May 14 Title Fight". MMARising.com. 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Cat Zingano Knocks Out Takayo Hashi At F2W: "Outlaws"". MMARising.com. 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  11. ^ "Cat Zingano Injured, Off Invicta Fighting Championships 1 Card". MMARising.com. 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  12. ^ "Cat Zingano signs with Strikeforce, meets Amanda Nunes in Sacramento". MMAjunkie.com. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  13. ^ "Gilbert Melendez injured, Saturday's 'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy' card canceled". MMAjunkie.com. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  14. ^ "Cat Zingano Rejoins Invicta FC 3 Card, Faces Raquel Pennington". MMARising.com. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  15. ^ "From Strikeforce back to Invicta FC 3, Cat Zingano now meets Raquel Pennington". MMAjunkie.com. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  16. ^ "Invicta FC 3 Results: Jessica Penne Captures Atomweight Title". MMARising.com. 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  17. ^ "Second UFC women's fight set: Miesha Tate meets Cat Zingano at TUF 17 Finale". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  18. ^ a b Maggie Hendricks (2013-04-13). "Cat Zingano gets TKO win, ‘TUF’ coaching gig and title fight against Ronda Rousey". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  19. ^ "TUF 17 Finale bonuses: Zingano, Tate, Browne, Pineda earn $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  20. ^ Keith Grienke (2013-03-16). "Rousey to Coach TUF 18; Men/Women Bantamweights to Compete". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  21. ^ A.J. Perez (2013-05-28). "Tate replacing Zingano on TUF". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  22. ^ "Cat Zingano undergoes PRP and stem cell treatment at Ortho Regenerative Institute". OrthoRegeneration.com. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  23. ^ Kevin Iole (2014-07-10). "Cat Zingano returns to action against Amanda Nunes at UFC 178". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  24. ^ Okamoto, Brett (15 January 2014). "Mauricio Zingano found dead". ESPN. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  25. ^ Maggie Hendricks (2013-02-28). "New UFC fighters Cat Zingano and Sara McMann bring maternal instinct to the cage". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  26. ^ "Alpha Cat’s Women Only Fitness Boot Camp". AlphaCatBootCamp.com. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  27. ^ "Mauricio Zingano, husband of UFC contender Cat Zingano, dead at 37". msn.foxsports.com. 2014-01-14. 
  28. ^ "Mauricio Zingano, UFC fighter Cat Zingano's husband, found dead at home". mmajunkie.com. 2014-01-14. 

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