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Old 04-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cat Zingano admits 'healthy fear' ahead of Ronda Rousey title fight

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An emotional Cat Zingano was in tears on the walk to the cage for her first UFC fight, she admitted she was scared of opponent Miesha Tate, and she feels the same about her opposing coach on the upcoming 18th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

But Zingano (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who stopped Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with strikes in the third round during The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on Saturday, isn't ashamed about it. In fact, she said, it makes her a better fighter.

"I think to say you're not frightened going into a fight, there's a border between being cocky and being confident," she told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following her FX-televised main-card bout, which took place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. "I like to be confident, absolutely not cocky, and I like to have that healthy fear of my opponents. It keeps me on my toes. It keeps my camp relatively stressful for me, but it makes me continue to always be really hard on myself and always strive for the best. I always start strong and finish stronger.

"I hate when I leave the gym knowing I could have done something more."

With her win, Zingano will serve as a head coach opposite Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on "TUF 18." As officials announced Saturday, the long-running series will move from FX to the soon-to-launch FOX Sports 1. UFC programming will anchor the channel's prime-time slot on Wednesdays. The channel changes from SPEED to FOX Sports 1 on Aug. 17, and "TUF 18" debuts Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET.

For the first time ever, "TUF" will feature female head coaches, as well as a coed cast in the Las Vegas "TUF" house. For Zingano, the first mom to fight in the UFC, it also means one thing: a happy son.

"The first thing I did after the fight was go and call my son, and he asked me how I did," she said. "I told him that I won, and he was like, 'So we get to go to Vegas? They have a lot of swimming pools there, right?' I was like, 'Yeah, we get to go to Vegas.' He was like, 'That means you finally get to fight Ronda Rousey, right?' I was like, 'Yeah, we get to fight Ronda Rousey.'

"It's just surreal. It's a really good feeling, and this is exactly what I wanted, and it's happening exactly the way I expected – well I guess not the way I expected, but things are happening the way they should, and it just feels great."

A lucrative pay-per-view title fight will follow Zingano's coaching duties. While overcome by emotions on her walk to the cage to fight former Strikeforce champ Tate, the stakes are going to be even bigger against Rousey.

But for Zingano, who went from a virtual unknown to one of MMA's most recognizable female fighters in a matter of months, Saturday's UFC debut will always hold a special place in her heart.

"It was just really surreal," she said. "I was overwhelmed, definitely, by the opportunity. I knew I would be excited. I knew that it was going to be amazing. But I don't think I had any idea how much it would impact me from the inside out. It just felt great. It just felt really, really special for me tonight. This moment will be hard to top."
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This was during the after fight press conference it was really cool to listen how she explained it because she was really emotional.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rousey can make men feel fear in the their hearts. So this comes of no surprise to me.
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What is there to fear from Rousey? She hasn't inflicted much damage on any of her opponents, they just tapped from armbars. There's nothing scary about tapping out. If she was a KO artist then I could understand, but really you shouldn't go into a fight with Rousey having any sort of fear.
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What is there to fear from Rousey? She hasn't inflicted much damage on any of her opponents, they just tapped from armbars. There's nothing scary about tapping out. If she was a KO artist then I could understand, but really you shouldn't go into a fight with Rousey having any sort of fear.

I would think the possibly of having your arm broke is kinda scary. You just have to tap, I agree, but still it would have to worry you a little at least.
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What is there to fear from Rousey? She hasn't inflicted much damage on any of her opponents, they just tapped from armbars. There's nothing scary about tapping out. If she was a KO artist then I could understand, but really you shouldn't go into a fight with Rousey having any sort of fear.
Have you ever been armbarred? By someone who knows how to apply one? By someone who actually wants to hurt you? That's no joke. Meisha tore a bunch of ligaments and had months of recovery. And often the joint/limb is never the same. I've had concussions and I've torn/broken lots of stuff... I'd take a concussion any day over having my arm wrecked.
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You're conscious during an armbar.
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You're conscious during an armbar.
Armlocks can do damage before you realize you need to tap. Many people take huge amounts of striking damage, and don't submit, even when they must realize they are being destroyed. Why? Same reason people delay taps to submissions even when they have the time to realize its sunk deep... they think they can turn it around.
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Rousey can make men feel fear in the their hearts. So this comes of no surprise to me.
not really, worst case scenario you get taken down and subbed with an armbar, its not like back in the day cro cop when he was almost impossible to takedown and he would murder you standing until you go ko'd.
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I remember when I was young a dude put me in a figure four leg lock which stresses the knee in a similar manner to a knee bar, and it hurt so damn much I could not even scream. Lucky he was merciful and let me go, because otherwise... no more knee.

That being said, I am surprised to say that I am extremely interested in seeing this match. I have not been interested in women's mma before, but I was entertained as hell watching that fight the other night.
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