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Cris Cyborg vs. Cat Zingano targeted for upcoming Bellator title fight

Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg will next put her belt on the line when she takes on Cat Zingano sometime this year.

Cyborg is coming off of four straight wins in Bellator, all by stoppage, and she is starting to run out of fresh challenges for her 145lbs title. One fighter who she hasn’t fought yet is Zingano, the former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger who is 2-0 since joining Bellator. Cyborg and Zingano haven’t met for the title yet, but they are now being connected to an upcoming 145lbs title fight.

Speaking to, Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed that his promotion is looking into booking Zingano against Cyborg next, indicating that all parties are interested.

“Cat has reached out and wants to fight Cyborg, so I think our inclination is to put that fight together. We’re going to have multiple fights in February and multiple fights in March and multiple fights in April and multiple fights in May. We’re going to start lining these big fights up and start knocking them off,” Coker said.

Cyborg vs. Zingano makes the most sense of any 145lbs title fight that Bellator can make right now given the big names of both fighters, not to mention that they haven’t fought yet. Although Cyborg will surely be the betting favorite entering the fight as she is almost always favored to win, Zingano is a talented fighter in her own right and she would certainly make for an interesting matchup.

Remember, up until Julianna Pena finished Amanda Nunes at UFC 269, the last person who defeated her inside the Octagon was Zingano, so “Alpha” certainly has the pedigree. Now let’s see what happens when she steps into the cage with one of the greatest to ever do it in Cyborg.

Who do you think will win this Bellator women’s featherweight title fight between Cris Cyborg and Cat Zingano?

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