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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 27: Cat Zingano enters the arena for her fight with Amanda Nunes before their women's bantamweight fight during the UFC 178 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: I work a split schedule between BJJ, Thai boxing, wrestling and strength training. 2 to 3 workouts a day.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I've been training since middle school. I was a college wrestler. After I was done competing I heard about BJJ and fell in love with the sport. I took my first MMA fight in 2007.
What ranks and titles have you held? I was the #1 ranked 125-pound fighter in the world in 2011. I hold the Fight to Win 125 & 135-pound titles, the Ring of Fire 125 & 135-pound titles, and I was the only female American that qualified for ADCC in 2011.
Do you have any heroes? My husband Mauricio Zingano, my son Braydon, Coach Sakmongkol and all my teammates.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a big opportunity and I'm looking forward to the competition.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Cumberland College and MacMurray College
What was your job before you started fighting? Student
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple belt in BJJ
Favorite grappling technique: Whatever is available
Favorite striking technique: Muay Thai