Cat Zingano sat down with FanSided to talk about her upcoming Bellator bout and her journey in her career.
Cat Zingano is gearing up for her second walk to the Bellator cage. After signing with the organization back in 2019, Zingano made her debut in September of 2020. Now after a few months off, she is ready for her second fight in Bellator. Prior to the bout, Zingano sat down with FanSided to discuss her journey to this fight and throughout her career. Since this is her second-time fight during the COVID-19 lockdown era, she is feeling more prepared and knows what to expect.
“It really helped getting the first fight really during the peak of quarantine and COVID being super strict and weird,” Zingano said. “Now that things are a little bit more laxed, I don’t know how much more laxed because I’m not there yet, but when we do get there it won’t be a first. It won’t be the first time I’m stuck in my room for 48 hours, won’t be the first time I have to figure out how to cut weight without a sauna, without a bathtub, I do have experience with all of this stuff. I know what to bring and I know what I’ll need. There are a lot more questions answered than just questions like I had in the first one.”
Prior to signing with Bellator, Zingano had a long and successful career in the UFC. She fought for a title at 135 pounds back in 2015 and since decided to move up in weight. Zingano is happy to be in Bellator and the transition has been a good one. She spoke about the pressure the UFC puts on the fighters and how she has more time to focus on her training with her new Bellator home.
“They (the UFC) support living up to their stereotypes,” Zingano said. “They want people to be interesting whether it is a positive or negative way, that’s awesome and it’s nice but we don’t always know what to do. Everyone is kind of guess like ‘what do I need to do to be someone who makes money,’ because it’s not as much about how you do as it is about what you say and how you act. That part gets tricky. Bellator, they just want to take care of you and they want to treat you and respect you as a martial artist. They expect you to do good in your fights and support you so you can. That is a really big deal and a really big difference. I appreciate the calm that gets to come with that and the attention that gets to go into my training camp. I get to put so much more of my energy into me and into my rest and into the adrenaline and endorphins that I get to put wherever because I don’t have to sit and guess at what I need to do outside of the cage.”
Now as part of the Bellator featherweight division, Zingano is focused to do her best and fight the best. Not necessarily looking for a title shot, Zingano thinks that targeting the best opponents can lead to the belt being hers at the end of the day.
“I feel like we are all supposed to say that the belt is the ultimate goal, but really I see it as fighting my best fights, and that earning me the next best fight, and whoever is considered the best at that time then I want to fight them,” Zingano said. “I want to see me versus them and what they own as far as their skills and what I own as far as my skills and who figures it out. I would love to see some of my rematches in my life. I would definitely love to feel that belt wrapped around my waist. I’ve done so much in this sport.”:
Zingano will take on Olivia Parker on April 9 on the main card of Bellator 256. Despite Parker being a new addition to the Bellator roster, Zingano is not overlooking this tough opponent. Bellator 256 will be held in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight Grand Prix matchup between Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida.
Bellator 256 takes place on Friday, April 9, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.