Morning Report: Cat Zingano not intimidated by Ronda Rousey's armbar, says knees broke Miesha Tate's heart

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

During an in-studio appearance on Wednesday's UFC Tonight, No. 1 UFC women's bantamweight challenger Cat Zingano talked injury woes, hopes at a title shot and, of course, women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

Told she'll be next in line for a shot at the winner of December's rematch between Rousey and Tate, Zingano doesn't sound like she's picking an upset. "You know, I'm not chasing Miesha," said Zingano. "I already beat her so I'm really looking forward to Ronda winning that fight starting right back where I left off."

Zingano claimed she is 'absolutely' confident in her ability to defend Rousey's infamous armbar, but when asked how much time she's dedicated to working on defense, she simply replied, "None."

I think Ronda, in her back pocket, she always has that armbar in mind. No one's really seen anything out of her yet. That doesn't mean she doesn't have anything. Like I said before, just because she's done it all the way up until now doesn't mean she can do it to everyone, which is why I state my case on training for her. I've never trained for a single person I've fought. I've only trained to improve. That's how I plan on continuing to go. I don't know why I would change my game now.

Zingano was also asked to give her take on her TKO victory over Tate at the The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale back in April. Tate has been adamant in claiming the stoppage was premature and that referee Kim Winslow not only failed in her duties, but is 'literally ruining peoples' lives.'

You know, as a fighter, you can feel your opponent. You can tell that moment when they break and I feel like Miesha broke when we were already on the ground. I don't think it was an early stoppage by any means. I felt like, if anything, she let it go. The first knee I threw, I felt like Miesha had her heart broken and that she was down for the count. Those knees after that were just kind of a gift I felt was given by the ref. I think Kim Winslow did a good job. I think she's a good referee in that case and I really do think that was a good stoppage and I think Miesha knows it was, too.

Unfortunately, it sounds like Zingano's recovery might last a bit longer than expected. After an ongoing recovery from a right knee anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, reports surfaced she had now suffered a possible torn meniscus in her left knee.

I've kind of had a battle with my knees for a while here. My left knee, because I think for the compensation for taking care of my right knee, has been taking a little bit more wear and tear than it was used to. When I went to the doctor on Monday I asked about some of the motions and the movements I've been going through that have been causing me pain. They say it's indicative of something going on with my meniscus so I'm going to have a procedure done with stem cells (on Oct. 3) that is going to be in place of having clean up surgery instead.

Tate gets her chance at redemption when she faces Rousey for the women's bantamweight strap Dec. 28, 2013 at UFC 168.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Forbidden Psychological Technology.

"Caged Heat" Chapter 1: Blood on the Mat

"Hey Steve, clean that blood up off the mat. It's grossing me out and a bunch of the parents were pissed last time the kid's class found that tooth in the heavy bag. I don't need any more of that shit, ESPECIALLY on a day like today."

Steve Millman looked up from the mop he was wringing and gazed at his master. Iron Puma was sprawled out in the Laz-E Boy he'd dubbed the "Throne from Game of Thrones" with a wet dishrag over his eyes. Millman had seen Iron Puma in this state before and once again, as he had many times before, cursed Fate for making a man so immensely gifted in the martial arts and yet so flawed that he couldn't help himself from that one, single temptation - Mike's Hard Lemonade. Millman shook his head and chuckled softly as he resumed cleaning up the pool of strawberry pineapple-infused vomit that had greeted him this morning when he opened Iron Puma Martial Arts. Classic Iron Puma.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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