So much for all the doubters who thought that if Ronda Rousey lost her upcoming fight, the UFC would disband their newly-minted female division, as the UFC has officially announced a second female bantamweight fight. The match will pit former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate against Zuffa newcomer Cat Zingano. The bout takes place at the TUF Finale on April 13 in Las Vegas, N.V. at the Hard Rock.
Tate was supposed to be retired from the sport after she said she lost her fire for competing. It looks like the chance to fight in the famed Octagon has brought her out of that funk. Tate holds a stellar record of 12-2, and her only losses have come to the top fighters in the division in Sarah Kaufman and Rousey. She was also one of the fighters that thought Rousey did not deserve all the hype she garnered, but she learned – like a lot of other female fighters – that Rousey is just that good. Now she will face another tough undefeated female, and she hopes to last a lot longer than one round.
Zingano was likely signed to the UFC because of her stellar track record. No one has been able to figure her out through seven professional bouts. Zingano has finished all of her fights except for one, and she even scored a highlight-reel KO by slam. It will be interesting to see how well she does since she has fought as low as 125, but will be jumping up to bantamweight for this fight with Tate.