The undefeated Zingano's moment of triumph

30 Sep 2014 02:38

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The undefeated Zingano's moment of triumph was 17 months in the making. She had a memorable UFC debut in April 2013, when she rallied from a shaky start to finish former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate in the third round.With the victory over Tate, Zingano was supposed to earn a coaching slot opposite Ronda Rousey on "The Ultimate Fighter," along with a shot at her women's bantamweight title at the end of the show.Instead, Zingano injured a knee and had to drop out of both the show and the title shot. While she was out, she suffered through the death of her estranged husband m-shoesbox.

While coping with her out-of-the-ring issues, Zingano watched Rousey defend her title three times, as the champion defeated Tate, Sara McMann and Alexis Davis.And even as she prepared for her return, Zingano had to endure what seemed an endless period of speculation over whom Rousey might fight next. There was Gina Carano, the first star of women's MMA. There's the ever-looming specter of Cris "Cyborg" Justino. And there's undefeated Brazilian Bethe Correia, who has been defeating Rousey's friends one-by-one and taunting the champ while she does it.

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