Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes have fought before, but have a common opponent that throws "MMA math" into question. Nunes is fresh off of a UFC 207 TKO win over Ronda Rousey, while Cat Zingano lost a 2015 fight to Rousey.
Zingano is not a fan of Nunes at the moment, mainly due to the attitude of the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion after UFC 207.
“Amanda was great, she went out there and beat her decisively, quickly,” Zingano told MMA Fighting. “Immediately when the fight was stopped I was like, damn, good show. Props. And then, within two minutes, my entire impression and everything changed. Because as soon as they handed Amanda the microphone she just started going off, and being completely disrespectful and being an asshole, being like, ‘forget Ronda, forget Ronda.’ It’s like, first of all, if there was no Ronda there would be no Amanda. No one would know who the hell you are, and we wouldn’t be here today. And on top of that, Ronda as an athlete, she found a way. She found a way to get us in, and it was by being an asshole. And it was by being entertaining, whether it was positive or negative, she gave everybody what they wanted to see, which was either to hate to love her, or love to hate her. She gave that to people.”
Zingano, while having a lot of respect for Rousey, also knows that down the line, she wants another shot at the former champion.
“Every time I’ve been around Ronda, every time I’ve talked to people we have in common, which is a lot, we’re cool, and I respect her,” she said. “I respect her to a level where I can’t get close to her and she can’t get close to me, because one day I still want to beat her ass. But, I do respect her. We have a lot of unfortunate things in common, which takes us to a whole different level and a whole different club. I do respect her, and I do honor what she’s done for me in my life, and what she represents for my family and my son. And when Amanda just comes out being a blatantly disrespectful asshole, I’m going to treat her like she’s a disrespectful asshole. That’s why she’s getting what she’s getting from me.”
Zingano hasn’t competed since suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Juliana Pena at UFC 200, her next fight has yet to be announced. She's not won a fight in over two years.