In the main event at UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano, UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (10-0 MMA; 4-0 UFC) puts her title on the line against challenger Cat Zingano (9-0 MMA; 2-0 UFC). This five round Bantamweight fight caps off the five fight UFC 184 main card. The UFC Rankings have Zingano as the #1 contender for the belt, with champion Rousey sitting at #7 on the Pound for Pound list. UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano airs live from Los Angeles this Saturday, February 28. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and 7:00 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.
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This feel like a big fight, but that’s what tends to happen when Ronda Rousey steps in the cage. The completely dominant UFC champion is always a show, no matter who she faces. Here, she gets her most notable opponent since the win over Miesha Tate, as Zingano has an incredible (and sad) story behind her, plus some serious skills. Enough skills to truly threaten to derail the Rousey train? That remains to be seen, but if the odds are any indication, the -700 favorite Rousey will earn her 5th UFC championship defense tonight.
How do these two stack up?
Rousey: 28 years old | 5’7″ | 66″ reach
Zingano: 32 years old | 5’7″ | 70″ reach
What have these two done recently?
Rousey: W – Alexis Davis (KO) | W – Sara McMann (TKO) | W – Miesha Tate (Sub)
Zingano: W – Amanda Nunes (TKO) | W – Miesha Tate (TKO) | W – Raquel Pennington (Sub)
Rousey vs. Zingano analysis and predictions from this week’s MMA Vivisection
How did these two get here?
Rousey gets here by being the single most dominant women’s fighter in MMA history. Period. Her 4 year career has been an incredible compilation of highlight reel moments, with precious few moments of any success for her opponents. After winning her first 8 consecutive pro fights via armbar (the first 7 in the first round), Rousey has added some more to her game, first stopping Sara McMann with her stand up, then knocking out Alexis Davis with a gorgeously violent slam that would have made Frank Shamrock proud. Along the way, she has become the sport’s biggest mainstream star in ages, and the UFC’s biggest “must watch” fighter. She’s a superstar – what else can you say?
Challenger Cat Zingano comes here through a rough road outside the Octagon. In her UFC debut, Zingano looked great, defeating former title challenger Miesha Tate in a great fight and earning both #1 contender status and a high profile gig coaching TUF opposite Rousey. A knee injury put her out of action for over a year, costing her the title fight and the coaching gig. During that time off, her husband Mauricio committed suicide. To say Zingano has been through a lot since that 2013 clash with Tate is a vast understatement. She came back in September and looked good, and now gets the emotional shot she should have had over a year ago.
Why should you care?
Because Ronda Rousey is a can’t miss fighter.
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