Not many fighters have had a tougher 14-month stretch than UFC bantamweight top contender Cat Zingano (pictured). After beating Miesha Tata to score a coaching spot opposite champion Ronda Rousey on “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” with a crack at Rousey’s crown to follow, Zingano was forced to undergo knee surgery and hasn’t been seen since.
Worst of all, Zingano’s husband committed suicide in January.
Now fully healed, at least physically, Zingano looks to reclaim the opportunity that was previously promised to her. Zingano makes her long-awaited return against Amanda Nunes at UFC 178.
Zingano owns an unblemished 8-0 professional record. The 32-year-old became the first mother to fight in the UFC when she beat Miesha Tate in April 2013.
Nunes has won three of her last five bouts, including two straight. She was most recently seen TKOing Germaine de Randamie in November.
The September 27 event takes place at a yet-to-be determined venue in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jon Jones (UFC light heavyweight champion)