Cat Zingano
Injury Eye
Est. Return 5/1/2019
Appealing loss to Megan Anderson
January 14, 2019
Zingano (eye) is appealing her TKO loss to Megan Anderson at UFC 232, reports.
The pair's late-December fight ended oddly, as Anderson's toe poked Zingano in the eye on a kick very early in Round 1. Anderson suffered significant eye damage including a damaged iris and damaged retina, so the referee stopped the fight, declaring Anderson the victor. The strike was ruled a legal one, with the eye damage an unfortunate and unintended side effect, so it doesn't appear likely that the appeal will succeed. A ruling, which will come at a hearing of the California State Athletic Commission in February, may not overturn the result of the fight but could still clarify the rules regarding accidental eye gouging.
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Suffers eye damage at UFC 232
January 1, 2019
Zingano told Ariel Helwani of ESPN on Monday that she suffered significant damage to her right eye in her TKO loss to Megan Anderson at UFC 232 Saturday in Los Angeles. "I have a damaged iris, damaged retina, hemorrhage in the back of my eye, increased globe pressure and of course the laceration," Zingano told Helwani in a statement. "They want me back at the doctor every three to four days to make sure there's no detachment on the retina."
Zingano added that she's considering appealing the fight result after one of Anderson's toes appeared to strike her directly in the eye, which the 36-year-old apparently interpreted as an intentional eye gouge foul. Since California's rules don't describe a toe to the eye as a foul, it's unclear if Zingano's appeal will gain much momentum, but while she waits for a ruling on that front, it sounds like her training will be on hold for a while. Zingano noted that she'll need to have her eye dilated and on steroids for the next two weeks to reduce pressure and address the damage to her iris and retina.
Suffers bizarre TKO loss in Round 1
December 29, 2018
Zingano was defeated by Megan Anderson via TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:01 of Round 1 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
This fight never really got started. Zingano was trying to stay on the outside and Anderson threw a kick. Anderson's toe poked Zingano in the eye and Zingano was not able to continue. The referee stopped the fight.
Draws Megan Anderson at UFC 232
October 17, 2018
Zingano will face Megan Anderson in a featherweight bout at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.
Zingano will bump up to the featherweight division after easily defeating Marion Reneau via unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout back in July. She'll face the former Invicta FC champion in Anderson, who lost a unanimous decision to Holly Holm in her UFC debut in June.
Rebounds to take easy unanimous decision from Marion Reneau
July 14, 2018
Zingano defeated Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
The bounce back effort from Zingano snapped a three-fight losing streak and may have very well saved her job. Facing an opponent known for her brute strength, Cat was able to secure 7-of-9 takedown attempts in addition to racking up 8:41 worth of control time. She did little on the feet, but that's just fine considering she spent virtually the entire fight controlling Reneau on the mat. It was a terrific performance, but there are still reasons to be wary of Zingano moving forward. She turned 36 years old earlier this month and she won't be winning many fights unless she can implement her wrestling skills. Nonetheless, this was a nice first step for Cat.
To fight Marion Reneau at UFC Boise
April 20, 2018
Zingano will face off against Marion Reneau on July 14 at UFC Boise, Shaun Al-Shatti of reports.
Zingano (9-3) has lost three fights in a row. The 35-year-old's most recent outing was a split decision loss at the hands of Ketlen Vieira during UFC 222 after a near two-year layoff. Her opponent, Reneau (9-3-1), is undefeated over her past four UFC fights.