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Cat Zingano on fighting Holly Holm next: ‘Hell yes’

Cat Zingano Esther Lin,

While Cat Zingano continues down the road to recovery, she can’t help but think about what’s next.

First, she expressed interest in fighting Cris “Cyborg” Justino at a later date. But after Holly Holm’s impressive win over Bethe Correia last Saturday in Singapore, the former UFC women’s bantamweight contender said she’d be interested in fighting Holm, too.

“I'm excited to see Holly do as well as she did against Bethe,” Zingano said. “I'm always a fan of watching (Bethe) get humbled, in that case it was instant. You have to give it to Holly, she's amazing at implementing a gameplan.

“Recently, I was asked about fighting her and for it to be in contention of possibly fighting the winner of Cyborg (Justino) vs. (Megan) Anderson. My answer is hell yes. As soon as my body is ready to safely go back in there, the heads will be rolling once again. The results and trials of the treatments I’m focusing on are responding and that makes me happy to hear as an athlete, as well as a normal human. Longevity in health and sport are both my top priorities, as well as in the interest of the UFC, who is providing me huge support at this time.”

Zingano declined to disclose what’s ailing her right now and said she’s unclear when she can return just yet because “it’s dependent on these treatments.”

The 34-year-old Zingano (9-2) hasn’t fought since UFC 200 last July. She hasn’t won since UFC 178 in September 2014 when she defeated Amanda Nunes, who is now the UFC women’s bantamweight champion.

Justino vs. Anderson, for the now-vacant UFC women’s featherweight title was officially booked earlier this week for UFC 214 on July 29.

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