A bout between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano on New Year’s Eve weekend has long been rumored. It’s now no longer just a rumor.
UFC president Dana White told “UFC Tonight” insider Ariel Helwani on Wednesday that Rousey and Zingano indeed will meet for the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 182 on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas. The bout between the two undefeated stars will be the co-main event on the card, which is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
Rousey (10-0), one of the UFC’s biggest stars, is coming off a 16-second TKO of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in July. Between the UFC and Strikeforce, Rousey has hardly been challenged. The 27-year-old has finished every single one of her career fights and only one opponent, Miesha Tate, has made it out of the first round. “Rowdy” is known for her signature armbar submission, but her striking game has come a long way.