Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano set for UFC 182

Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey — photo credit: Joey Krebs

Ariel Helwani broke the news on UFC Tonight Wednesday that UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey will put her title on the line against Cat Zingano at UFC 182 on January 3 in Las Vegas.

The card is headlined with a light heavyweight title fight as Jon Jones defends his belt against Daniel Cormier.

Rousey (10-0) is 4-0 in UFC competition, having dispatched the likes of Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, and most recently, Alexis Davis. “Rowdy” was originally supposed to face Zingano following their stint as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter season 18, however, Cat suffered an injury and was replaced by Tate on the show, and in the fight afterward. Rousey defeated her via third round armbar. Out of Rousey’s 10 opponents as a pro, Tate was the only one to make it out of the first round.

Zingano (9-0) made her UFC debut in April 2013 with a third round TKO win over Miesha Tate at the TUF 17 Finale. Due to injury and the death of her husband and coach, Zingano didn’t fight again until September of this year when she stopped Amanda Nunes via third round TKO at UFC 178. Out of her 9 wins as a pro, Cat has only let one fight go the distance.

UFC 182 now includes:

  • Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier – for UFC light heavyweight title
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Josh Burkman vs. Hector Lombard
  • Rodrigo Damm vs. Evan Dunham
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Shawn Jordan
  • Louis Gaudinot vs. Kyoji Horiguchi