Cat Zingano turns to Ronda Rousey's coach for UFC Boise hoping to snap skid

BOISE, Idaho Cat Zingano exhausted all possible resources as she attempts to get back on track at UFC Fight Night 133.
Currently on a three-fight skid and winless since September 2014, Zingano (9-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has shaken things up going into her women’s bantamweight bout against Marion Reneau (9-3-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) on Saturday, and that includes forming a working relationship with the coach of a former opponent.On top working with new striking and jiu-jitsu instructors in San Diego, Zingano has teamed up with Justin Flores, the judo coach of UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who beat Zingano with an armbar in just 14 seconds at UFC 184 in February 2015.
“I started doing judo and grappling stuff with Justin Flores, who turns out being Ronda’s coach,” Zingano told MMAjunkie. “I was like, ‘Oh, well that’s weird.’ So I ended up asking her, ‘Is it cool with you?’ She’s like, ‘Well, you have my blessing. Have fun.’ I feel like anything I could have addressed and tried to do, I did. I’m here for results.”
UFC Fight Night 133 takes place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. Zingano vs. Reneau opens the FS1-televised main card following prelims on the same channel and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.Zingano’s tumultuous road outside the octagon over the past several years is well documented. She said that currently she’s in a good place, and it’s exciting to be back focused completely on her fighting career. “Alpha” suffered a split-decision loss to Ketlen Vieira at UFC 222 in March, and her four-month turnaround to compete at UFC Fight Night 133 is actually the fastest of her career.
According to Zingano, who hasn’t fought more than once in a calendar year since 2010, the shorter gap between fights was by design.
“I wanted to get that ‘first one back’ feeling out of the way,” Zingano said. “I’m super glad that I got a whole 15 minutes. Obviously I didn’t get my hand raised, but 15 minutes of remembering and rekindling. … I wanted to maintain with the weight. I wanted to maintain with the cardio and everything. It was very important to me to have it be as soon as possible so I could get a lot of work done at once and keep it going.”
Although it’s been nearly four years since Zingano tasted victory, she said she’s not putting any extra pressure on herself to get her hand raised. She’s pleased with the preparation she’s put in for UFC Fight Night 133, and so long as her effort inside the octagon against Reneau matches up with that, she’ll be able to live with the outcome.
“The result isn’t everything,” Zingano said. “I want to see results of what I’ve done. That’ll be what’s important. If it’s a win or a loss I didn’t come here to lose, obviously, but knowing that you did everything that you can. I’m proud of all that. I’m proud of what I’ve worked on. I’m proud of all those chips I’ve taken away from it. The result is set up to be what I’m intending it to be. It’s not about only winning.”
Zingano knows getting back in the win column won’t be an easy task. Reneau, 41, might be the oldest female fighter on the UFC roster, but her four-fight unbeaten streak at 135 pounds is longest in the division. For that reason and more, Zingano is aware a tough fight is in store.
“I know that she’s good, and she’s coming here with some steam on her. I’m coming here with some steam on me,” Zingano said. “I expect we’re going to put on a good fight. We’re both intense chicks; we’re both moms. That’s a whole other (expletive) thing in your back pocket. It’s exciting. It’s pressure, but it’s a good pressure.”For more on UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.










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