MANILA, Philippines – Nearly six months after yielding to Ronda Rousey via armbar in just 14 seconds, Cat Zingano says that she would like another date with the UFC women’s bantamweight champion inside the Octagon.
Although Zingano is admittedly embarrassed that she was able to hold out for only several seconds against Rousey, she revealed that her setback served as an eye-opener as she craves to dance with the bantamweight queen once more.
"What I want is a rematch with Ronda. I want that opportunity again. Whatever it takes. I know where I belong and I'm willing to do what it takes to get there," she said in an interview with ESPN.
The 33-year-old Zingano fired a flying knee right out of the gate and wandered recklessly into the clinch.
As Zingano tossed Rousey to the canvas with an ill-advised throw, the champion scrambled immediately to the back, pinned the challenger’s exposed limb underneath her armpit, and calmly cranked on the maneuver for the finish.
"It sucks and it's embarrassing, but it doesn't represent what I'm capable of. It's something that can smash you or something you can learn from, and I think I've learned a lot about myself from it," Zingano stated.
The world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion already confirmed that Rousey would cross paths with Miesha Tate for the third time on a yet-to-be-announced date.
Tate (17-5), the only woman that has made it out of the first round versus Rousey, became the No.1 contender after attaining a unanimous decision victory over Jessica Eye this past July.
Zingano, who defeated Tate via third-round stoppage in April 2013, hopes that the UFC is not removing her from the bantamweight title picture.
"Whatever plans they are making, they are considering me," she quipped.
Zingano says she has no regrets regarding her strategy when she faced Rousey in the UFC famed cage.
“What better way to put on an epic fight than a flying knee? I expected us to continue to fight. I didn't realize we were going to do a jiu-jitsu match where I'm flying at her and all of a sudden she's going for my arm again. I guess that's one disappointment I had. If I had known she was going to be going for my arms, I would have gone about it differently. I agreed to her kind of fight instead of my kind of fight, and that won't happen again," she stressed. – Rappler.com