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Cathilee Deborah "Cat" Zingano[2] (née Albert; born July 1, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist, who most recently competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). On April 13, 2013, she became the first woman to win a UFC fight by technical knockout (TKO). At the time of her departure from the UFC, she was #7 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings.[3]

Cat Zingano
BornCathilee Deborah Albert
(1982-07-01) July 1, 1982 (age 37)
Winona, Minnesota, U.S.
Other namesAlpha
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
Fighting out ofDenver, Colorado, U.S.
TeamBlack House (MMA)
Alliance MMA
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission3
By decision2
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early lifeEdit

Zingano began her career in combat sports with wrestling at age 12. She attended Fairview High School (Boulder, Colorado) where she got involved with combat sports after joining the wrestling team.[4] She eventually became part of both the University of the Cumberlands (2001) and MacMurray College women's wrestling teams and became a 4-time All-American and National Champion.[5]

In 2007 Zingano discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), shortly after she started to compete and won many tournaments including: the World Championships (Mundials) in Los Angeles, and the Rio de Janeiro State Championships in Brazil, along with several State titles in Colorado.

In October 2007, after doing a few months of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Zingano competed in her first amateur Mixed Martial Arts fight and instantly knew that MMA was something she wanted to compete in.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Zingano made her pro MMA debut on June 13, 2008, at Ring of Fire 32,[7] and submitted Karina Taylor with an armbar in the first round.[8]

On December 10, 2010, Zingano faced Carina Damm at Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She defeated Damm by TKO in the second round.[9]

Zingano next faced Takayo Hashi at Fight To Win: Outlaws on May 14, 2011.[10] She defeated Hashi via knockout from a slam in the third round.[11]

Invicta FC and StrikeforceEdit

Zingano was scheduled to face Anita Rodriguez at Invicta Fighting Championships 1, but she was forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury.[12]

Zingano had signed on to face Amanda Nunes at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy on September 29, 2012,[13] but the event was cancelled when Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy, sustained a knee injury in training that forced his withdrawal from the card.[14]

Zingano instead faced Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs Sugiyama on October 6, 2012.[15][16] She defeated Pennington by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.[17]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In February 2013, it was revealed that Zingano would participate in the second women's match in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history. She fought Miesha Tate on April 13, 2013, at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[18] Zingano defeated Tate by TKO in the third round.[19] The bout was named Fight of the Night.[20]

As the winner of the bout, Zingano was set to become a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Ronda Rousey and be the next challenger for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.[21] However, on May 28, it was announced that Zingano was out as coach/opponent for Rousey after she had suffered a knee injury earlier in the month which required surgery and had been replaced by Tate.[22] On October 3, 2013, Zingano underwent PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) and stem cell treatment on both of her knees at Ortho Regenerative Institute with Dr. Fady Elias in Costa Mesa, California.[23]

After nearly a year and a half away from the sport due to injury, Zingano returned to the Octagon in the fall of 2014. She faced Amanda Nunes on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178.[24] After losing the first round, Zingano came back in the two subsequent rounds to win via TKO in the third round. After the fight she said "That whole first round, I just got my head caved in, I was dizzy; I couldn't be in light for a month. I put on like 30 pounds because my pituitary gland got knocked around and my hormones were all screwed up. I had never been hit like that in a fight. You know, it really freaked me out because it was like, man, I am my son's only parent. If I'm all screwed up and I can't drive and I can't work and say this injury is so bad I can't fight anymore...what if I'm incapable of doing that? I can't get to the point where my brain is mush and I can barely talk, because my son's life depends on my health."[25]

A matchup between Ronda Rousey and Zingano took place at UFC 184 for the women's bantamweight title.[26] Zingano was quickly submitted in the fight's opening seconds.[27]

Zingano returned to face Julianna Peña at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016.[28] She lost the match by decision, with judges all returning 29-28 scores in favor of Peña.[29]

Zingano faced Ketlen Vieira on March 3, 2018, at UFC 222.[30] She lost the fight via split decision.[31]

She then faced Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 133 on July 14, 2018.[32] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[33]

Zingano faced Megan Anderson in a featherweight fight on December 29, 2018, at UFC 232.[34] She lost the fight in a bizarre way, via technical knock out in round one after an eye injury from an Anderson kick that didn't allow her to continue. Anderson's toe grazed Zingano's eyeball, rendering her unable to continue due to blurred vision.[35] Although the injury looked like it could potentially be serious, Zingano later reported that the condition of her eye was getting better.[36] On January 14, 2019, it was revealed that Zingano appealed the loss on the grounds of Unified Rules of MMA's definition of eye gouging.[37] CSAC upheld Anderson's win at the commission meeting on February 19, 2019.[38]

On August 14, 2019, it was announced that Zingano had been released from the UFC.[39]

Bellator MMAEdit

On October 29, 2019, it was announced that Zingano was signed with Bellator MMA.[40]

Personal lifeEdit

Zingano married Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Mauricio Zingano in 2010. Her husband committed suicide on January 13, 2014.[41][42][43] She has a son named Brayden,[44] making her the first mother to compete in the UFC.[19]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 10 wins 4 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 3 1
By decision 2 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–4 Megan Anderson TKO (eye injury) UFC 232 December 29, 2018 1 1:01 Inglewood, California, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 10–3 Marion Reneau Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov July 14, 2018 3 5:00 Boise, Idaho, United States
Loss 9–3 Ketlen Vieira Decision (split) UFC 222 March 3, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–2 Julianna Peña Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–1 Ronda Rousey Submission (straight armbar) UFC 184 February 28, 2015 1 0:14 Los Angeles, California, United States For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Amanda Nunes TKO (elbows and punches) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 1:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Miesha Tate TKO (knees and elbow) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale April 13, 2013 3 2:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 7–0 Raquel Pennington Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 3: Penne vs Sugiyama October 6, 2012 2 3:32 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 6–0 Takayo Hashi KO (slam) Fight To Win: Outlaws May 14, 2011 3 4:42 Denver, Colorado, United States Won the Fight To Win Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Carina Damm TKO (punches and elbows) Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl December 10, 2010 2 3:37 Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Win 4–0 Ivana Coleman TKO (punches) Ring Of Fire 38: Ascension June 5, 2010 1 1:54 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Won the inaugural Ring Of Fire Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Barb Honchak Decision (unanimous) Fight To Win: Phenoms January 30, 2010 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States Won the Fight To Win Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Angela Samaro Submission (anaconda choke) Ring Of Fire 33: Adrenaline January 10, 2009 2 3:40 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 1–0 Karina Taylor Submission (armbar) Ring Of Fire 32: Respect June 13, 2008 1 2:30 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Won the inaugural Ring Of Fire Women's Bantamweight Championship.


Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–1 Krystal Macatol Submission (armbar) Battlequest 8 April 11, 2008 1 0:51 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 2–1 Louise Johnson TKO (punches) Kickdown Classic 45: Season's Beatings 2 December 8, 2007 3 2:24 Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Win 2–0 Colette Elaine Garcia TKO (punches) Ring Of Fire 31: Undisputed December 1, 2007 3 0:45 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 1–0 Ann Wyborny TKO (punches) Premier Championship Fighting 1: HellRazor October 26, 2007 1 1:43 Denver, Colorado, United States

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ State Of Nevada Department of Business and Industry Athletic Commission (13 April 2013). "Mixed Martial Arts Show Results "TUF Finale"" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  3. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-07-15.
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