Temecula, CA — Following Bellator 293 in Temecula, California on Friday, Cat Zingano remains at the top of the women’s featherweight division.
She just doesn’t have a title to go with that ranking.
“This fight was initially offered to both me and Leah as a vacant title fight. Which would have been awesome; it’s cool to see myself still in that number one position right now,” Zingano (14-4) said following her win over Leah McCourt, an entertaining, back-and-forth battle that left the Irish fighter bloodied.
Bellator CEO Scott Coker denied the title fight claim earlier in the evening, insisting Cris Cyborg remained champ, and Zingano admitted she doesn’t know what the promotion plans to do next. “It seems like it is a vacant title, it seems like there’s no one important above me at the moment, so I guess we just have to see what happens with that.”
McCourt seemed to believe she had done enough to win the fight, and Zingano herself understands that frustration.
“I can see why she would be disappointed. It was a very big adjustment for me, her being so tall. I felt like, as I was trying to throw these kicks at her I was aiming even above my head, because she’s so much taller than me,” Zingano explained. “And that kind of made it weird for my stance and my posture, which kind of took my own feet out from under me. I feel like she did a good job and I did a good job; I think when it came to the decision, it really came down to damage.”
Watch the full Bellator 293 post-fight press conference with Cat Zingano above.