Cat Zingano made her return to the Octagon in the first bout of the pay-per-view for UFC 178, taking on Amanda Nunes.
Nunes managed to score a quick takedown but almost fell victim to an armbar. Nunes got out of danger and then began to fire huge punches at Zingano. Cat survived the first flurry and tried again for an armbar but Nunes escaped again.
Nunes then began to land another huge flurry of big shots, all of which seemed to catch Nunes clean. Somehow, Zingano survived yet another flurry and got to top position once Nunes tried for a leglock.
Zingano landed a huge throw later in the first round and then a ittle more ground and pound to finish strong, even if it was a clear Nunes round.
Zingano’s corner told her to be quick and use offensive wrestling between rounds, and Zingano quickly scored a takedown in the second. Zingano worked a much more steady and grinding variety of top game. That allowed Zingano to absolutely dominate the round and not leave any space for a comeback.
Round three started with knees to the head from Zingano and then another good takedown and Zingano moved right to full mount. Zingano started to unload with heavy elbows, cutting Nunes badly and leaving her with no option but to cover up until the referee jumped in to save her.
Following the fight, Zingano said that she was ready to fight Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
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