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Cat Zingano Believes She Could Stop Cris Justino

Cat Zingano Believes She Could Stop Cris Justino
3/8/2017


Cat Zingano said after she watched the "Cyborg"  in the ring defeat Evinger, she believes she could defeat Cris Justino, if they meet up in the octagon.

Cris Justino added another stoppage victory to her impressive record, putting away former Invicta FC bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger in the third round, thus winning the vacant title.
Despite the dominant performance by Cyborg, Zingano believes that Evinger was able to expose the decorated champion even in defeat.

“This weekend I feel like I got to learn a lot watching this fight with Tonya, you know, seeing Tonya control the pace and seeing the fact that Cyborg had a handful with that girl, [which] I actually didn’t expect.” Zingano told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour .

“Me and Tonya used to have to wrestle each other in college so I knew she was strong and tough, but I didn’t necessarily see it transfer over to MMA – as I’ve seen in wrestling. But she obviously pulled it together, and that’s why she’s a champion at 135 [pounds] and I felt she did a pretty good job against Cyborg, and at least she’s tough, you know, at the very least. And watching that fight I was like, ‘Man, I have something for that, I have and answer to that,’ and for everything that didn’t work for Tonya. Watching that fight opened up my eyes to some things and it just made me more excited to get in there with that girl. I think the match up is one of the century and I have what it takes to take Cyborg down, if anyone does.”

Cris Justino, who now hits an eighteen fight winning winning streak is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound female fighter on the planet and presently holds the women’s UFC featherweight title in the main card of last week’s UFC pay-per-view event in Anaheim, California.


“With Cyborg, this is a winnable fight for me,” Zingano explained. “When I’m healthy, none of these girls [can] deal with me, not one, so that’s what I’m looking for. Going into a fight with Cyborg, you need to be as on point as possible. She’s got her advantages – whatever, arguably fair or unfair – and I just know that If I’m at 100 percent, she probably can’t even touch me and those are things that are in consideration when trying to achieve my goal.

“I think she kind of waits for you to be up against the cage, you know, and then she comes in with some head movement and then fires off some big explosive shots. And when she was getting tied up in the clinch, she was very easily put against the cage, and I believe Tonya took her down, and I think that there could be better cover there on someone like her. And there were parts that I felt she was getting really tired, and if it weren’t for the one minute break in between rounds, I felt like she was getting a little exhausted. Those are things that I love to see and read, and I’m very conscious of when those are happening. With some of the biggest things she was throwing, I mean, she’s got aim, she’s got power, but you know, so do I and I have very good timing. So It’s a very aggressive person against a very aggressive person, and the places that she’s strong, I’m also strong, but I’m strong in other places as well that we haven’t seen a whole lot out of her. So I’ll take the shot, it looks really fun and I feel like I’ve gotten a lot of information based on what I saw.”

Zingano believes she has all that it takes to defeat the "Cyborg" despite her dominance and activeness in the division for over 12 years now

“I know I have the heart to get through any fight, and these last couple I have fallen on my face because I didn’t deal with this thing,” Zingano said. “There are somethings I’ve been working on with my health and it’s something that I’ve been consistently doing right now and those things are awesome and my body is responding.”

She said that there are to big names, of which she has defeated one "Amanda Nunes and Cyborg" which leaves her Cyborg to defeat despite wanting to move up the weight.

“The two biggest people on my radar at this point are Amanda Nunes and Cyborg because I beat Amanda, and I feel like she should want to fight me,” Zingano said. “I want to go up in weight, but I also want to stay active in the 135-pound division when the time is right because the 145 [pound division] is not extremely established yet.”
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