‘Alpha’ Cat Zingano is joining the UFC women’s featherweight division for a big scrap with former Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson at UFC 232.
Fans of the UFC women’s featherweight division finally have another non-title fight to look forward to. On Wednesday, the promotion announced that popular bantamweight Cat Zingano would move up to face former Invicta FC featherweight champ Megan Anderson at UFC 232 in December. The move comes days after Zingano campaigned for a spot on the year-end card, suggesting she’d fill in as a back-up for the Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes fight.
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Zingano (10-3) got back in the win column for the first time since 2014 when she defeated Marion Reneau at UFC Boise in July. That snapped a three-fight losing streak dating back to her title challenge against then-UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 184.
‘Alpha’ Cat holds notable wins over Barb Honchak, Amanda Nunes, and Miesha Tate, among others.
Megan Anderson (8-3), meanwhile, lost her UFC debut against Holly Holm at UFC 225 earlier this year. The Australian had a four-fight win streak snapped with the loss. That streak culminated with a victory over Charmaine Tweet for Invicta’s interim featherweight title. With Cris Cyborg moving to the UFC full time, Anderson was later promoted to undisputed champ status. However, she never had the chance to defend her title, instead following Cyborg to the UFC.
The pairing is a rare non-title fight at women’s 145lbs. Previously, Holm vs. Anderson was the only fight in the weight class not involving champion Cris Cyborg. However, that may soon change. The women’s featherweight division is featured on the current season of TUF.
UFC 232 takes place December 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.