Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title challenger Cat Zingano was recently released from her contract by the UFC.
While no reason has been given for the move by the UFC, a statement was issued by Zingano to ESPN on the matter:
“I didn’t want to take the ultimatum this time. So I guess you can say it was mutual. I had a project that was very, very important to me, and to the MMA community and fans, and I needed to put me, my son, my training and that first before I had anything to give to the UFC. It’s (expletive) timing, but it happens, and I’m still a fighter and ready to (expletive) (expletive) up.”
A released Zingano didn’t specify the project that she is working on or the ultimatum allegedly given by the UFC.
Zingano went 3-4-0 during her time in the UFC (10-4-0 overall), picking up victories over Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes and Marion Reneau. Zingano did challenge for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title, losing to then champion Ronda Rousey by first round submission at UFC 184. Zingano’s last bout in the promotion came at UFC 232 in December of 2018, where she suffered a first round TKO loss to Megan Anderson.