by Adam Martin
The UFC has booked the second-ever matchup between women fighters in the promotion’s history.
UFC officials today announced that former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will take on undefeated Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, which takes place April 13 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. It’s not yet known if the fight will be placed on the main card or the prelims, but it will likely be a main-card bout seeing as though it’s only the second-ever women’s fight in UFC history.
Tate (13-3) last competed in a “Fight of the Year” candidate against Julie Kedzie at a Strikeforce event last August, defeating the veteran with a beautiful submission just minutes after taking a vicious head kick that nearly saw herself knocked out. Overall, Tate went 6-2 in Strikeforce, with the first loss coming to the highly-ranked Sarah Kaufman and the second coming to Ronda Rousey in another 2012 “Fight of the Year” candidate at a Strikeforce event last March, a fight in which the UFC women’s bantamweight champion snapped Tate’s arm in grissly fashion. Tate wants another crack at Rousey, who is her arch rival in the sport, but after the Kedzie win she took some time off to clear her head. Now feeling good and determined to get her belt back, expect the best Tate we’ve ever seen when she makes her UFC debut against Zingano.
Zingano (7-0) is a highly-touted prospect who has won all seven of her pro fights since her debut in 2008. Zingano, whose husband Mauricio is a BJJ black belt, is an absolute killer, with three of her wins coming by T/KO and another three coming by way of submission. She was supposed to fight in Strikeforce, but didn’t up doing so after the promotion folded, and signed with Invicta FC instead. In her last bout, she defeated Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 3, and she also holds a notable victory over Carina Damm.
This should be a terrific fight that will greatly help in getting the women’s division moving along, with the winner of this fight possibly next in line to fight the winner of Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche, which takes place at UFC 157.
The TUF 17 Finale currently only has one other fight booked, heavyweight Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, so expect more fights to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
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