Undefeated bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (10-0) will face another undefeated fighter in Cat Zingano (9-0) at UFC 184. Rousey has served as one of the UFC’s premiere fighters and sports a 100 percent finish rate to her credit. She has beaten four of the top five opponents in her weight class. Therefore, downing the No. 1 contender this Saturday night would effectively signify that she has cleaned out the 135-pound division.
Rousey has made every one of her opponents appear foolish in the Octagon to the point that UFC president Dana White recently joked about having the champion face men.
In a recent conference call leading up to UFC 184 (per Yahoo! News), despite her dominance, the champion talked about the competition in her division and addressed White’s comments about “fighting men.”
“I definitely think that there are many more challenges. At this point Cat (Zingano) is definitely the greatest challenge, but Dana (White) was making a joke that I’m making his job a little bit difficult for him. But, it’s not my job to make his easy; it’s my job to give my mom as less stress as possible. So, I win as quickly and efficiently as possible, or I just want to be unscathed.”
As a matter of fact, Rousey has practically walked away unscathed from all her victories. She has finished all but one of her foes in the first round and plans on doing much of the same against Zingano.
“I never plan out exact game plans for fights. I just walk out, and I solve the fight as it happens. So, I know that Cat (Zingano) brings so many weapons to the table that I will be ready to deal with every single one of them. And that’s what makes it such an exciting fight; there isn’t one clear quick cut way to go to finish it. So, I really think that’s what makes it exciting. You don’t know where it’s going to go, but I can finish her anywhere, and I will find a way.”
However, Zingano believes that their bout will unfold much differently. According to MMA Fighting, the 32-year-old is more “well-rounded” and has “more heart” than the champion.
“I’m unorthodox. There’s just nothing like me. There’s not. They haven’t seen anyone like me… I’m just more well-rounded, I have more heart, I have a lot of things going for me that people just haven’t had a chance to see yet.”
For Rousey, however, a victory for the 28-year-old would most likely set up a bout with the Raquel Pennington/Holly Holm winner, which represents the co-main event this Saturday night. Nevertheless, at the conclusion of UFC 184, either Rousey or Zingano will leave the Staples Center in Los Angeles undefeated no more.
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