A fight that could have determined the next contender for the 145-pound belt ended in very underwhelming fashion, giving Megan Anderson the win at UFC 232 via eye injury.
Megan Anderson was Invicta FC’s final hot commodity to make their way to the UFC. The Australian won her final four fights in the promotion, capping it off with an interim title win over Charmaine Tweet. After a pair of potential UFC debut fights were scrapped, Anderson was booked against Holly Holm. Holm won fairly cleanly, utilizing wrestling en route to a decision. Overall, Anderson is 7-3 in her career, with six of those wins coming via stoppage.
Cat Zingano has had her ups and downs. She earned a title shot against Ronda Rousey after defeating Amanda Nunes and Miesha Tate, but suffered a knee injury that delayed the shot by a year. Cat was defeated in 14 seconds by the champion, then dropped her next two fights to Julianna Pena and Ketlen Vieira. She finally got back in the win column in her last fight with a unanimous decision win over Marion Reneau. Zingano is 10-3 in her MMA career with eight stoppages.
The much smaller Cat Zingano started the fight with several kicks to keep her distance. Anderson pushed forward with punches and threw a head kick as Zingano was moving away. The foot of Anderson grazed Zingano and the toe caught Zingano in the eye. Zingano immediately shielded her eye, and the referee did not pause the action since it was not an eye poke. Anderson closed in, and the referee stepped in before any significant damage could be done.
In the post-fight interview, Anderson stated that she is open to a rematch. She also pleaded for more featherweights in the UFC.
Megan Anderson def. Cat Zingano by TKO (Eye Injury) in Round 1 (1:01)