Cathilee Deborah “Cat” Zingano (née Albert; born July 1, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC. 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 and the #3-ranked 135-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings. As of November 2015, she is the #3 contender in official UFC women’s bantamweight rankings.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 2.1 Early career
- 2.2 Invicta FC and Strikeforce
- 2.3 Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 5.1 Mixed martial arts exhibition record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Zingano began her career in combat sports with wrestling at age 12. She attended high school in Boulder, Colorado, where she got involved with combat sports after joining the wrestling team. She eventually became part of both the University of the Cumberlands (2001) and MacMurray College women’s wrestling teams and became a 4-time All-American and National Champion.
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.
In October 2007, after doing a few months of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Zingano competed in her first amateur Mixed Martial Arts fight and instantly knew that MMA was something she wanted to compete in.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Zingano next faced Takayo Hashi at Fight To Win: Outlaws on May 14, 2011. She defeated Hashi via knockout from a slam in the third round
Invicta FC and Strikeforce
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.
Zingano had signed on to face Amanda Nunes at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy on September 29, 2012, 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.
Zingano instead faced Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs Sugiyama on October 6, 2012. She defeated Pennington by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. Zingano defeated Tate by TKO in the third round. The bout was named Fight of the Night.
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. 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. On October 3, 2013, Zingano underwent PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) and stem cell treatment on both of her knees at Ortho Regenerative Institute with Dr. Fady Elias in Costa Mesa, California.
After nearly a year and a half away from the sport due to injury, Zingano returned to the Octagon in the fall of 2014. She faced Amanda Nunes on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. After losing the first round, Zingano came back in the two subsequent rounds to win via TKO in the third round.
A matchup between Ronda Rousey and Zingano took place at UFC 184 for the women’s bantamweight title. Zingano suffered her first loss in MMA as she was quickly submitted in the fight’s opening seconds.
Zingano was married to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Mauricio Zingano until he killed himself in 2014. She has a son named Brayden, making her the first mother to compete in a UFC match. She teaches a woman-only fitness boot camp in Broomfield, Colorado. Her husband committed suicide on January 13, 2014.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- First woman to win a UFC “Fight of the Night” award (together with Miesha Tate)
- Ring Of Fire
- ROF Women’s Flyweight Champion
- ROF Women’s Bantamweight Champion
- Fight To Win
- FTW Women’s 125 lbs Champion
- FTW Women’s 130 lbs Champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown||[show]|
|Loss||9–1||Ronda Rousey||Submission (straight armbar)||UFC 184||February 28, 2015||1||0:14||Los Angeles, California, United States||For the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||9–0||Amanda Nunes||TKO (elbows and punches)||UFC 178||September 27, 2014||3||1:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Miesha Tate||TKO (knees and elbow)||The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale||April 13, 2013||3||2:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||7–0||Raquel Pennington||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 3: Penne vs Sugiyama||October 6, 2012||2||3:32||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||6–0||Takayo Hashi||KO (slam and punches)||Fight To Win: Outlaws||May 14, 2011||3||4:42||Denver, Colorado, United States||Won Fight To Win Women’s 125 lbs Championship|
|Win||5–0||Carina Damm||TKO (punches and elbows)||Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl||December 10, 2010||2||3:37||Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||4–0||Ivana Coleman||TKO (punches)||Ring Of Fire 38: Ascension||June 5, 2010||1||1:54||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Became first Ring Of Fire Women’s 125 lbs Champion|
|Win||3–0||Barb Honchak||Decision (unanimous)||Fight To Win: Phenoms||January 30, 2010||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||Won Fight To Win Women’s 130 lbs Championship|
|Win||2–0||Angela Samaro||Submission (anaconda choke)||Ring Of Fire 33: Adrenaline||January 10, 2009||2||3:40||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||1–0||Karina Taylor||Submission (armbar)||Ring Of Fire 32: Respect||June 13, 2008||1||2:30||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Became first Ring Of Fire Women’s 135 lbs Champion|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown||[show]|
|Win||3-1||Krystal Macatol||Submission (armbar)||Battlequest 8||April 11, 2008||1||0:51||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||2-1||Louise Johnson||TKO (punches)||Kickdown Classic 45: Season’s Beatings 2||December 8, 2007||3||2:24||Lakewood, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Colette Elaine Garcia||TKO (punches)||Ring Of Fire 31: Undisputed||December 1, 2007||3||0:45||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||1–0||Ann Wyborny||TKO (punches)||Premier Championship Fighting 1: HellRazor||October 26, 2007||1||1:43||Denver, Colorado, United States|
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