Cat Zingano: Cyborg probably couldn’t touch me
#7 ranked UFC women’s bantamweight Cat Zingano watched Saturday’s Cris Cyborg vs. Tonya Evinger title fight with interest. Zingano used to train with Evinger, and during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, said she saw holes in Cyborg’s game.
“This weekend I feel like I got to learn a lot watching this fight with Tonya,” said Zingano, as transcribed by Danny Segura for MMA Fighting. “Seeing Tonya control the pace and seeing the fact that Cyborg had a handful with that girl, I actually didn’t expect.”
“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 and I felt she did a pretty good job against Cyborg, and at least she’s tough, you know, at the very least.
“Watching that fight I was like, ‘Man, I have something for that, I have an 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.”
“With Cyborg, this is a winnable fight for me. 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.”
“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. There are some things 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.”
Zingano has not fought since UFC 200, and hopes to be recovered from her health issues and ready to fight in October. She holds a win over current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and has interest in both 135 and 145.
“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,” said Zingano. “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 is not extremely established yet.”