Cris Cyborg doesn’t understand why Cat Zingano has been so vocal in wanting drug testing for a potential fight between the two for the Bellator women’s featherweight title.
Ever since Zingano signed with Bellator, many fans have wanted to see the fight with Cyborg but it has failed to come to fruition. Now, ahead of Zingano’s Bellator 282 fight against Pam Sorenson, Zingano said she would want independent drug testing for the Cyborg fight to happen.
“I wasn’t offered that fight, for one,” Zingano told MMA Fighting. “I know coming into Bellator, we talked about how that was going to be a fight that we had for sure. I know also coming into Bellator, all of my footage of fighting was in the UFC — there was licensing stuff there, so they can’t promote me and they can’t use any of my fight videos or highlights, can’t even really talk about me without it being a licensing thing with the UFC. So they really wanted me to fight fights here and get tape, get reel, give me good matches against good 145-pound girls, and I’m relatively new to this weight class. So putting me in there and figuring it out, I wasn’t offered Cyborg.
“I did tell them in the beginning there were things that I want to do, where both of us would do [it], to make sure it’s a fair fight, and to make sure it’s a safe fight,” Zingano continued about Cyborg. “And with those guidelines, it just never came out. Every time we talked about the fight being between us, or she was calling me out online or I was saying something about her out online, I was kind of waiting for the phone calls, and the phone calls would come, but it was never her name.”
After making those comments, Cris Cyborg took to social media to rip Cat Zingano for her comments and offered some evidence that Zingano has struggled since USADA came into the UFC.
Cat Zingano 9-0 with wins over Miesha and Nunes. Enters USADA in 2015 and goes 1-4 competing. Now she’s 2-0 after leaving USADA and fighting on YouTube Friday night and thinks I care what she wants https://t.co/NNvZfXp92N
— Grand Slam Champ CrisCyborg.com (@criscyborg) June 22, 2022
“Cat Zingano 9-0 with wins over Miesha and Nunes. Enters USADA in 2015 and goes 1-4 competing. Now she’s 2-0 after leaving USADA and fighting on YouTube Friday night and thinks I care what she wants,” Cyborg wrote on Twitter.
If Zingano defeats Sorenson at Bellator 282 then perhaps we will finally see this fight come to fruition. Cyborg is coming off a decision win over Arlene Blencowe and is 5-0 in the UFC.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime