Zingano and Tate battled back in 2013, and the latter was stopped in the third round. Zingano was supposed to fight Ronda Rousey right after, but a serious knee injury sidelined her, and she didn’t return to action until late, 2014.
Well, after Tate choked out Holly Holm last month to take the bantamweight title, much of the talk was about her rematching Holm, or waiting for the return of Rousey. But, as noted above, Tate – Nunes was scheduled for July 9th.
Zingano, meanwhile, has yet to fight, following her quick loss to Rousey last February. Recently the contender appeared on “The MMA Hour”, however, and Zingano had this to say about Tate, and the fact no call out was sent her way (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If I put it in perspective for myself, if I were champion right now I feel like I’d be calling out every single person that scored on me, ever,” Zingano said. “You hand me the magic wand of I get to be champion, I want to avenge everything ever. I was honestly surprised, because I know at different points in Miesha’s career there were points I was incapable of fighting, whether it was injury or personal things going on at the time, and Miesha did say that at some point she wanted to avenge her loss. Naturally I thought she might say something like that [after she won the belt], but it seems like I’m the only person she doesn’t want to fight right now.”
Now, it could just be that Tate figured calling Zingano out was pointless, since the latter hasn’t fought in over a year, and is coming off a loss. Since Nunes was stopped by Zingano, she’s gone on to win three in a row, so it’s not too surprising to see that she was tapped for a title shot.
One thing is certain; however, if Zingano can take out Julianna Pena at UFC 200, then “Alpha” will be knocking on the door for a title shot. Getting past Pena won’t be easy though.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 9th. In the main event, Conor McGregor will rematch Nate Diaz.