Anyone else wonder why UFC president Dana White announced bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would co-headline UFC 182 against Cat Zingano (pictured), only to report exactly one week later that the scrap had been pushed back to UFC 184?
Well, it was because Zingano is nursing a minor back injury that wouldn’t have allowed her to make the original January 3 date. Having eight additional weeks for rest and rehab, however, is just what the doctor ordered.
Zingano’s health was reported on this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”
The swap is an unfortunate one for Rousey. She scores a percentage of the pay-per-view shows she performs on, and opening for Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, the most anticipated light heavyweight affair in recent history, will garner more buys than Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort, UFC 184‘s featured attraction.
Weidman and Belfort should do well, but it’s not nearly as box office as what Jones and Cormier will do at UFC 182.
No word if Zingano’s contract offers her a piece of the PPV pie.
Rousey owns an unblemished 10-0 professional record, with her last four being of the UFC title defense variety. She easily disposed of Alexis Davis in her last outing at UFC 175.
Zingano, meanwhile, was supposed to challenge Rousey for her throne at UFC 168, but was forced out of the matchup to undergo knee surgery. She is unbeaten through nine bouts, most recently TKO’ing Amanda Nunes last month at UFC 178.
UFC 184 goes down February 28 inside Staples Center in Los Angeles.