Former UFC competitor Cat Zingano has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator. The news came from the mouth (or keyboard) of Scott Coker, the President of Bellator. After departing from UFC in August 2018, Zingano took a year off before signing with the new company. She is also jumping from her standard bantamweight (112 to 118 pounds) class to the featherweight (118 to 126 pounds) division.
Cat Zingano was one of the pioneering forces that helped put women’s MMA on the map. She was involved in the second women’s match in UFC history, in a winning effort against Miesha Tate. The fight not only won Zingano a Fight of the Night credit, but it also put her in the record books for being the first woman to win a UFC fight via knockout. She pulled off a round three victory over current bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes before getting squashed by Ronda Rousey in just 14 seconds at UFC 184.
At the time of her departure from UFC, Zingano held a 10-4 record, with four out of her last five matches being losses.
A venue and challenger has yet to be named in Zingano’s Bellator debut.