Zingano expects to return in May 2014, targeting winner of Rousey vs. Tate
DEC 05, 2013 12:08a ET
The good news for Cat Zingano could be bad news for the winner of UFC 168's co-main event between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.
Zingano was originally supposed to be the fighter facing Rousey for the UFC women's bantamweight title after she defeated Tate by TKO earlier this year. Unfortunately for the Colorado based fighter, she blew her knee out just days before she was scheduled to travel to Las Vegas and coach opposite Rousey on the newest season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Instead, Zingano spent that time under the surgeon's knife and going through rehabilitation to get ready for her return to action.
Well according to a video Zingano posted on Wednesday, her doctor says she will be back to full sparring in March and ready to fight by May 2014.
The No. 1-ranked UFC women's bantamweight elaborated further on her Facebook page. "Got the news today! I am cleared to train BJJ again and can do light pad work! Two more injections by Dr. Fady Elias of Orthoregeneration.com and im good to start sparring again March 1st! Heck yeah!!!"
The timing couldn't be any better for Zingano considering that Rousey and Tate will fight on December 28 to close out the year as part of the UFC 168 fight card, and the winner probably wouldn't be scheduled again until around May 2014 anyway.
Zingano has been promised the title shot upon her return and now it seems with the good news she received this week, she can watch UFC 168 with bated breath knowing that she will get to face the winner with the 135-pound title on the line.