Undefeated women’s bantamweight prospect Cat Zingano will face off with Amanda Nunes at “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy.” Zingano had been scheduled to face Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 3 but has been allowed off the card to join Strikeforce. Strikeforce announced the news earlier today.
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp was very supportive of Zingano’s move. Invicta will look to sign a replacement for Smith. Knapp spoke to MMAJunkie about the move:
“We have graciously let Cat go to participate in Strikeforce, she was signed with us for that fight, but when the opportunity came up for her to take the fight with Amanda, we think it’s a good fight for her…” she continued “I’m true to my word, and we’re open to anything if there’s a better opportunity that exists for the female athletes that we have and they aspire to be there. I spoke to [Strikeforce matchmaker] Sean [Shelby], and it was a no-brainer for me.”
Her opponent, Amanda Nunes, is a Strikeforce and Invicta veteran. Nunes got back in the win column with a dominant win over Raquel Pa’aluhi at Invicta FC 2. Nunes lost to Alexis Davis at a Strikeforce event last fall.
Headlining the card will be a lightweight title fight between champion Gilbert Melendez and Pat Healy. The card will take place at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. The card will air on Showtime and will take place September 29.