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EXCLUSIVE (Part 1) | Cat Zingano on Alexis Davis: “I Really Don’t Find Her a Threat”


“The idea got thrown out there for Alexis to come up and take that spot,” Cat Zingano told BJPenn.com Radio about possible UFC women’s bantamweight contender Alexis Davis, “but realistically I haven’t heard that’s going to be the case.”  Following Davis’ impressive win over Liz Carmouche, there has been talk that the injured Zingano may be passed again in the line for the next title shot, but Zingano remains confident that she will face the winner of Rousey-Tate II at UFC 168.

 

By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

UFC women’s bantamweight title contender, Cat Zingano, spoke with BJPenn.com Radio this past Friday – and fresh on everybody’s minds was the recent fight between Alexis Davis and Liz Carmouche at UFC Fight Night 31.

Sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair her ACL, number one contender Cat Zingano has been watching the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division develop for the last few months.  Zingano has seen Miesha Tate, the women she last defeated, assume her role as coach on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and get her title shot against Ronda Rousey at UFC 168 this December.  And most recently, after Alexis Davis defeated Liz Carmouche last week, she called for the winner of Rousey vs. Tate.

However, Zingano, who could potentially see a second woman take her spot as the number one contender, seems unconcerned.

Naturally, as a fighter,” she explained, “especially at this level, I understand her point.  She’s got a couple fights in the UFC, and they’ve both been successful, and she’s had a good show on each of them.  So naturally she should want to test herself and see where she fits in on all this.  Do I think that she’s ready for this level of competition?  I don’t know.  I’ve never trained with her, I’ve never fought her, I don’t know.  But I know the intensity I bring and the technique and hours I bring, I don’t really think she holds a flame to me; but the only way to tell is putting us up against each other.

I don’t know if that’s even an option right now.  I know that in my life this fight between Miesha and Ronda and finding out who my next opponent is; and according to everybody I’ve talked to in the UFC, that’s still the plan.  I don’t think that they’ve considered – I mean yes, the idea got thrown out there for Alexis to come up and take that spot – but realistically I haven’t heard that’s going to be the case.  I think, if anything, they’re probably gonna have – or they should have Alexis fight Sarah McMann or whatever happens next with the other contenders that have been fighting well, and see where they’re placed in that aspect.  I’m not too worried about it.  I think that when the time comes for us to fight, we’ll bang and that will be the case that answers any of those questions.  But at this point, I really don’t find her a threat.

As for Davis’ fight against Carmouche, Zingano was impressed with the victor’s display of her Muay Thai skills.

Oh yeah, I was totally impressed.  I thought she looked so comfortable.  She looked really, really confident.  Her Muay Thai was right on target: her kicks were hard, her punches were hard.  Both of those girls were throwing really heavy, I was impressed by the ‘Whack! Bang! Boom!’ of their hits; it was quite the auditory fight.  I thought that, you know, she definitely figured out early on in the fight how to keep Liz on her heels and causing a lot of damage as she went, and I think just broke her mentally a little bit early in the fight.  That was a really good fight for Alexis.  She looked way more comfortable in this fight than she did in her previous fight.  I think that says a lot about being in the UFC, and your first fight, and getting kind of jitters and nervous, and she looked like she shook it and went out there with her best performance yet.  I think it was – you know, I would have liked to see some more ground, some more MMA, some more scrambling fist-fight kind of battle, but for what it was, it was a really good kickboxing fight to me.

Her assessment of Davis if the two were ever to fight?  Zingano said that she saw enough to be confident that she has an edge in athleticism and heart.

I would say, as far as technique-wise, I’m kind of terrible.  I drop my hands, I cross my feet, I run around with my chin up; but I think that I have heart, and I think that I’m mean, and I think that I’m extremely athletic, so it’s just kind of a different pedigree of athlete.  I mean, I think she’s definitely a better technician, but when it comes down to a fight fight, you know, it’s not about the dog in the fight, it’s about the fight in the dog.

Though Zingano is not set to face Davis –according to her, she will rightfully fight next for the title – she did share that, when watching the Davis-Carmouche fight, she assessed Davis’ style and how she would counter her Muay Thai.

There were some points in the fight were Liz was getting lit up, and I could see that her leg was kind of probably not feeling too good – she was switching stances and stuff – and I was just thinking, I’m ambidextrous so I’m equally athletic right-handed and left-handed, and that’s something I really appreciate, because I know if one of my legs got beat up, I still have a 50% chance of my game still going well…  No there were points where I was like, ‘She’s standing up pretty tall there, that would be a good option for a shot.  Right here I notice she drops her right hand a little bit, I think that would be a good left kick shot.’  Even too with her leg kicks, a lot of times when people stand up, I know she does a lot of Muay Thai and she’s very talented at it, but I was thinking about, ‘If you throw that kick and you leave it out a little bit and I rush you, you’re on your heels and you don’t have anything to step back on.’  So I was just kind of imagining what I would do offensively at different points, you know, but not really assessing her in any [way of] picking our fight and finding holes in it.  I guess I was really just trying to think of what I would do versus what she would do.

While she is still out with the injury to her knee, Zingano is optimistic about her return to action soon, predicting her next fight will come in the spring.

Be sure to catch the rest of her interview with BJPenn.com Radio where she talks about Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and title shots!  And if you missed Cat Zingano’s appearance on BJPenn.com Radio last week, or if you want to hear the entire episode, be sure to check it out here or in the player below!

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