Zingano’s likely injury setback

UFC women’s bantamweight title contender
“Alpha” Cat Zingano can’t catch a break.

Back in April, the unbeaten new arrival collected a thrilling,
come-from-behind third-round stoppage win over Miesha Tate, a
victory that not only secured her a coaching position opposite
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey on Season 18 of The Ultimate
Fighter, but also the opportunity to challenge for the
women’s bantamweight title once the show had concluded.

Before filming of the current season could even begin, the
31-year-old Colorado resident blew out the ACL in her right knee.
Forced into the operating room, Tate replaced the 8-0 Zingano as
both coach and challenger opposite Rousey.

On Monday, Zingano returned to Los Angeles for a check-up with
her surgeon, Dr. Ronald Kvitne of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic

In a video posted on her Facebook page, Dr. Kvitne indicated
that Zingano’s rehabilitation is right on schedule.

“She’s three months out; her knee looks
great,” he said. “She’s got almost perfect
motion, she’s got great strength, she’s got excellent
stability. She’s about three months from getting back in the
ring and starting to spar.”

However, the good news about Zingano’s right knee was
accompanied by some unfortunate news about her left knee.

“The only problem is the left knee appears to have
somewhere along the line gotten into trouble with a medial meniscus
tear,” said Dr. Kvitne. “So we’ll confirm that
today with an MRI. If she does may have a torn meniscus,
she’ll need surgery fairly quickly, so she can get back on
track with the rehab.”

Tuesday morning, Zingano posted another video on her Facebook
page, thanking fans for their continued support and expressing her
disappointment with this latest setback.

It’s another tough blow for the talented undefeated

Her victory over Tate was the type of impressive, spirited win
that opened a lot of eyes, and sharing the screen and the cage with
Rousey would have been a huge boost for her career. The initial
injury scuttled those opportunities, and now that she her return
could be stalled by another surgery on her other knee,
Zingano’s climb back into title contention in the
women’s bantamweight ranks will be even harder.

Episode 5 of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate
airs Wednesday night on Fox Sports 1, and the season has already
shown the genuine tension and animosity that exists between the
rival coaches.

The teams are currently even at two wins each, with Team
Rousey’s Davey Grant set to take on Team Tate’s Louis
Fisette this week.

The winners of this season of The Ultimate Fighter will be
determined on Saturday, November 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Rousey and Tate will renew
acquaintances in the co-main event of UFC 168 on December 28 at the
MGM Grand Garden Arena.