Although many people believe Cat Zingano could be Ronda Rousey’s toughest test to date, according to the betting lines, the UFC Bantamweight Champ is a big, big favorite to win on Saturday night.
After all, in Rousey, we’re talking about a world class Judoka, who has demonstrated pretty vividly in the last year or so, that she’s far more than just a submission specialist. Zingano is also a powerful, extremely well rounded fighter, but she hasn’t dominated her competition like Rousey has.
Well, part of the reason for that, is because Zingano maintains the MMA world has yet to see her at her best. While speaking to the media this week in advance of UFC 184, “Alpha” offered this interesting comment (quote via UFC.com):
“I just know what I’m capable of. Fortunately, and unfortunately, none of you guys have seen my potential yet,” said Zingano. “You’ve seen me come back and land some cool things, but that speaks nothing to what I’m capable of. And I just can’t wait to get out there and do more.”
While some point to Zingano’s size, strength and wrestling pedigree as reasons why she could give Rousey a run for her money, others refer to what the champ did to Sarah McMann. Rousey needed just over one minute to stop the former, Olympic Silver Medalist wrestler.
“I feel like I’m much more unorthodox,” Zingano said, while discussing McMann. “I think Sara McMann is an incredible wrestler – I’ve wrestled her and she’s very good – but it’s a different sport. Just because you’re good at tennis doesn’t make you a good fighter. Just because you’re good at wrestling doesn’t make you the best fighter in the world. Fighting is a fight, you’re getting in a fight.”
It’s going to be an interesting night. If you’re wondering, Rousey is the betting odds favorite in the -750 to -900 range…
UFC 184 will be hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. In the co-headliner, rising bantamweight Holly Holm will take on Raquel Pennington.